Joe Girardi wants to manage Yankees beyond '17 season

ByAndrew Marchand ESPN logo
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

TAMPA, Fla. -- New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who is entering the final year of his contract, hopes to return in 2018 and beyond.

"I do," Girardi said Tuesday. "I don't envision myself doing anything different. Maybe that is why I don't think much about it. This is what I know. This is what I've known for a long time."

Girardi is completing a four-year, $16 million deal this season. He is in his 10th year as the club's manager. His predecessor, Joe Torre, was the Yankees' manager for 12 seasons.

Girardi has one World Series title as a manger, in 2009. The Yankees have only played in one playoff game, a wild-card loss in 2015, since 2012.

"It is a long time," Girardi, 52, said.

The Yankees' policy is to not negotiate contracts until they have been completed. However, the team seems to mostly have that in place to quiet questions during the season. The club has spoken to players about extensions and, two years ago, agreed with outfielder Brett Gardner on a new deal.

Sources said there have been no discussions between Girardi's representative and the team.

Girardi said he doesn't need clarity from the front office.

"It doesn't really impact me," Girardi said. "I'm going to do my job the same way, in a way that I believe is the right way to do it. I won't seek any clarity. They have not extended managers, as far I can remember, during the course of a season, so I'll just go do my job and whatever happens, happens.

"I'm a faithful man and I believe God is going to put me where he wants to anyway."

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman also is in the final year of his deal.

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