New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Despite missing the postseason, the New York Yankees signed manager Joe Girardi to a fresh four-year extension that could keep him in the dugout through the 2017 season.
Financial terms of the deal were not immediately known but the Yankees said they intended to give the 48-year-old Girardi a raise over his expiring three-year, $9 million pact.
Girardi has guided the Yankees to a 564-408 record since taking over as manager for the 2008 season. That is the best record of any Major League manager over that span.
The Yankees finished 85-77 this year, missing the postseason for the second time in Girardi’s six years as manager. They won the World Series in 2009, Girardi’s second as their skipper.
Despite the disappointing finish, Girardi received strong support from managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner and general manager Brian Cashman for effectively handling the club through a rash of injuries.
Steinbrenner said the quick resolution to Girardi’s contract situation was important since he wanted to include the manager’s input in their offseason planning.
Earlier, the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals expressed interest in Girardi for their managerial vacancies. The Yankees had exclusive rights to negotiate with Girardi until Nov. 1, when his previous contract would have expired.
Girardi, the National League Manager of the Year as a rookie skipper with the Marlins in 2006, recorded his 500th win as Yankees manager on May 10, in his 844th game managing the team.
That made him the fifth-fastest manager in club history to reach that number, behind Casey Stengel (790 games), Joe McCarthy (796 games), Joe Torre (833 games) and Miller Huggins (833 games).