Sveum out, Girardi in?
With there no longer being a manager in waiting since Ryne Sandberg took the job in Philadelphia, the manager opening in Chicago could very well be filled with someone outside of the organization. Coincidentally, the Cubs can afford just about anyone whom they see fit, and one man, Joe Girardi, is at the end of his contract with the New York Yankees.
The Yanks have a lot of questions that needs to be answered this offseason. They have holes in their rotation and lineup that will have to be addressed, and the recent news about Robinson Cano possibly searching for $300 million will certainly put a dent in the funds they have available to offer other players, let alone their manager.
Should the Bronx Bombers make a deal with Cano, their payroll will have to be cut in certain areas. The years and money they offer to Girardi will probably be matchable for the Cubs, and the promise of young talent could be a selling point. Compared to the old legs and arms in New York, the endless amounts of fantastic farm system options in Chicago will be very hard to turn down with the added money Girardi will be looking for.
To add to the money and future promise the Cubs possess, they also have a man running the organization who is a proven winner, just ask the Boston Red Sox. Theo Epstein took over the Sox general manager job before the 2003 season, and was a huge reason why they ended their curse by winning the World Series in 2004, then again in 2007. It won't take much longer for Epstein to surround Girardi with winning players in Chicago.
With all of the positives the Cubs will be able to show Girardi, who also is a former Cubs player, will be far too great for him to pass up. His recent comments about having at least a little interest in the job show he is at least thinking about it, and I would not be surprised to see him switching from one big city to another sometime this offseason.