Which American League managers will be retained or fired?
Joe Girardi – Yankees
Girardi is a free agent at the end of the season and while the Yankees self-enacted payroll limitations will prevent them from delving too deeply into the free agent market, they can pay Girardi whatever they want.
Girardi would be in significant demand for several teams in appealing locations – specifically the Nationals – but pursuing the “dream” job like the one in Washington can sometimes backfire. Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo has had issues with all of his managers. Girardi didn’t take a lot of interference as a rookie manager with the Marlins and it got him fired.
Now that Girardi’s got a resume with a World Series win and dealing with everything circling overhead in New York, he wouldn’t want Rizzo messing with him either. The Yankees are on a downslide, but Girardi won’t be blamed for that and he’s done the best managing job of his career in 2013 with this stitched together group.
PREDICTION: Girardi signs a new three-year deal making him the highest-paid manager in baseball.
John Gibbons – Blue Jays
The Blue Jays have underachieved horribly in 2013 and while GM Alex Anthopoulos has said that Gibbons will be back, will Anthopoulos? There haven’t been any rumblings about Anthopoulos’s job status, but it has to be under consideration to make a change in the GM’s office after this expensive debacle.
I liked the Gibbons hiring because I think he’s a good technical manager who lets the players know he’s the boss, but there’s no defending the Blue Jays organization this season. If Anthopoulos is fired, Gibbons won’t be back.
PREDICTION: The Blue Jays are going to fire Anthopoulos and Gibbons is collateral damage. He’ll go back to managing in the minors near his Texas home.
Ned Yost – Royals
Yost’s contract is up at the end of the season and he’s been roundly criticized by many for his strategies and the club’s inconsistency, but he’s got the Royals over .500 and they contended late into September for the first time in forever. I don’t see how they can fire him unless they’re bringing in Girardi or George Brett decides he’d like to manage.
PREDICTION: Yost signs a two-year contract with an option for a third year coinciding with a similar extension for GM Dayton Moore.