Joe’s Back

Multiple outlets are reporting that Joe Girardi has signed a new deal to remain manager of the Yankees. It is a four-year pact worth $4-million per year with playoff bonuses added on.

This is a great first step for a team that did not need any other obstacles this offseason. Girardi provides them with stability at the top and he has shown a knack for developing relievers, something that the team will definitely need next year. The Yankees were smart to open the checkbook for Girardi and they are still getting a pretty good deal. It’s worth remembering that Joe Torre made $7.5 million in his last year with the team and turned down a deal for $5-million with playoff bonuses in 2007.

Now comes the hard part. Plenty of decisions to be made regarding free agents, arbitration and the future. I will be sharing my thoughts starting next week.