Joe Torre pay with the Yankees:
2005 – $6.1m
2006 – $6.1m
2007 – $7.0m
Joe Torre with the Dodgers:
2008 – $4.33m
2009 – $4.33m
2010 – $4.33m (I couldn’t find exact terms, so I took average annual value of the deal)
Joe Girardi with Yankees:
2008 – $2.5m
2009 – $2.5m
2010 – $2.5m (again, didn’t have details, so I averaged out the deal).
Terry Francona with Red Sox:
2004 – $0.5m
2005 – $0.55m
2006 – $1.25m (base $0.75m plus a $0.65m signing bonus for new deal)
2007 – $1.65m
2008 – $1.75m
2009 and beyond? 2 year deal pending according to rumor, no details available.
It is tough to argue that in recent history (like under 5 years), Francona has been the most successful manager. Over a 12 year period, Torre has been with most of his success over 7 years old. And Girardi? He hasn’t had any success other than managing an under talented team to a 78-84 record in 2006.
Yet somehow the Yankees thought it a good idea to give Girardi $2.5m per year. I’ll be interested to see how much Francona gets in his extension. I just found these contracts very interesting and I have to assume it means a payday for Francona and if not, couldn’t one argue the Dodgers and Yankees have overpaid?
Now keep in mind, I thought, if I were a Yankees fan, which I’m not and never will be, that Torre was the right man for the job. But I also felt he was deserving of a contract in line to what he was earning through 2007. That didn’t happen and I am also beginning to feel that perhaps this separation was a good one for the Yankees. Time changes perspective and I think I am swinging over to wondering just what Girardi will bring to the Yankees. Maybe it was the right move. New blood after all can shake things up and if there was ever a team that needs a shake-up, it’s the Yanks.
Ok, too much Yankee talk, time for a sulfuric acid shower.