BOSTON - The ball is in Joe Girardi's court.
He officially received an offer from the Yankees Friday to continue as manager, a source said, furthering a negotiating process that started Monday when Girardi sat down for coffee with general manager Brian Cashman.
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The club doesn't expect Girardi to take long to make a decision. "I wouldn't think it would go too long," Girardi said last weekend in Houston. "It's not my personality to drag things out."
Though neither side has publicly commented all week, the offer is said to be substantially more than Girardi has been making -- a three-year, $9-million deal that expires Nov. 1. The offer could be in the range of three years for $14 million to $15 million, with incentives. The Angels' Mike Scioscia is baseball's highest-paid manager at $5 million per season.
The Cubs, who fired manager Dale Sveum on Monday, are interested in Girardi, though there's increasing chatter from industry insiders that president of baseball operations Theo Epstein prefers Padres assistant GM A.J. Hinch for the job.
The Nationals likely would speak with Girardi if he were to become a free agent, something the Yankees don't want to happen.
The Reds could be an option for Girardi should he choose to explore the market. They fired Dusty Baker Friday morning.
Negotiations with Girardi began in earnest Wednesday when Cashman had lunch with Girardi's agent, Steve Mandell. The sides talked again Thursday, and managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner gave his clearance for the offer ultimately made Friday.
Cashman said Tuesday of Girardi, "I think he likes it here," something the manager didn't dispute.
"I've really enjoyed my time in New York, whether it was a player, coach, broadcaster, manager," Girardi said last weekend. "For someone who wasn't sure about New York the first time I came, it's a wonderful place."