ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The message to Joe Girardi wasn't exactly "take the weekend and think about it," but in some ways, it amounted to that.
The Yankees' manager officially received an offer from the club Friday afternoon to continue in that position, an offer sources have described as substantially more than he was making.
The club's expectation was to have an answer of some kind from Girardi early this week, perhaps as soon as Monday.
Girardi's three-year, $9-million deal, signed after the 2010 season, expires at midnight Oct. 31. The offer he is mulling, likely in the range of three years for $14 million to $15 million, would put him in elite monetary company as managers go. The Angels' Mike Scioscia currently is the majors' highest-paid manager at $5 million per season.
"We're going to give him a real good reason to stay," general manager Brian Cashman said during his end-of-season news conference Tuesday.
Should Girardi choose to hit the free-agent market, he will have suitors. The Chicago Tribune reported that the Cubs have made it clear through channels that they are willing to top whatever offer the Yankees tender, according to a source. The Nationals also are interested and the Reds also have an opening.
While the Yankees and Cashman wait for word from Girardi, another major offseason step in preparing for 2014 will be taken Monday at the Stadium. This week, Cashman will oversee the club's pro scouting meetings as his personnel staff discusses every potential free agent, as well as players who might be available via trade.
"The most important meeting for me is that pro scouting meeting," Cashman said. "That's something we've had a great deal of success with over the years is that meeting, setting up the chess board for ourselves.
"These guys are I think some of the best scouts in the game, and that meeting kind of sets the tone of what really is available to us."