Joe Girardi unsure about future

  • Andrew Marchand [ARCHIVE]
  • ESPNNewYork.com | September 29, 2013

HOUSTON -- Joe Girardi is unsure if he will return as the New York Yankees manager in 2014.

"I haven't really made up my mind," Girardi said during his nearly 30-minute state-of-the-season news conference before the Yankees' final game against the Houston Astros.

Girardi, who turns 49 next month, said he'll make his decision after consulting with his wife and three children, who are 14, 11 and 7.

Girardi, who reportedly made $3 million this season, said finances will have "zero" to do with his decision. He also played down the idea that he would want to leave for his hometown Chicago Cubs, if manager Dale Sveum were let go. Girardi said his wife and kids are very happy in Westchester, N.Y. His family ties to Chicago -- with both his parents having passed away -- are not as strong anymore. Plus, he hasn't lived there since 2006.

"So there's not as much there as there used to be," Girardi said.

An option that could entice Girardi away from the Yankees' job is TV, which would allow him to spend more time with his family. Girardi could choose to take a timeout from managing with an eye toward returning in the near future.

"I'm not gone as much, that's for sure," Girardi said.

Girardi said that if he did leave the dugout for a hiatus, he would envision himself returning as a manager at some point in the future.

Girardi, who is under contract until Nov. 1, expects a decision on his future to happen quickly.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman reiterated on Sunday to ESPN New York's Wallace Matthews that the team wants Girardi to return.

"I think he did a terrific job," Cashman said.

The Yankees could be in a state of transition heading into 2014. Robinson Cano, the top free agent on the market, and the Yankees have begun their negotiations more than $150 million apart, with Cano's side initially asking for more than $300 million over 10 years, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney.

In recent weeks, Girardi has spoken about the scrutiny of being the manager in New York, mentioning that it is sometimes difficult to be accountable for his players' actions.

On Sunday, Girardi revealed that he has spoken to Cano about his lack of hustle when running to first base.

"I've talked to him about it," said Girardi, declining to go into further details.

This offseason, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner has made it a goal for the team to drop its payroll below $189 million to take advantage of the luxury tax savings.

Cashman may work within these constraints as they try to replace Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and possibly a number of other players, including Alex Rodriguez and free agent Hiroki Kuroda. There is also the uncertainty of how Derek Jeter, who turns 40 in June, will rebound from missing nearly the entire season.

Rodriguez's appeal of his 211-game suspension could prove crucial because if he is gone for the whole season the Yankees would save $25 million. Girardi downplayed the idea that he wants more say in personnel matters, saying he doesn't believe the overall mantra of the organization has changed much.

"I think the primary goal is to win," said Girardi, pointing out the payroll isn't dropping to $60 million.

Girardi said in making his decision, his wife and children will all have votes.

"It comes down to family," Girardi said. "They are first. Whatever is best for the group of us, not one individual or just me or my wife or one of my children. Whatever's best for us as a group is what we'll decide to do. That's something I put some thought into and I'm going to have to think about a lot over the next few days, obviously. But that's a decision we'll sit down and make and decide what's best."

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