HOUSTON -- Joe Girardi has indicated that he wants to come back to the Yankees, and general manager Brian Cashman has said the organization wants him back. Whether that actually happens will begin to sort itself out in the coming days.
"It will probably happen fairly quickly,'' Girardi said of talks between his representation and the club.
Girardi, hired in October 2007, has signed a pair of three-year deals. He said there have been no discussions yet with the Yankees, who generally do not renegotiate deals in-season.
"You don't do it during the season here,'' Girardi said. "Season will be over [Sunday] and I'm sure some things will start to happen.''
Should Girardi want to explore the market as a free-agent manager, he is likely to have options. The young, talented Nationals could come calling, as could Girardi's hometown team, the Cubs.
As of now, Girardi said he plans to be involved in the organizational meetings that will take place after the season.
"I'm still employed until November 1,'' he said with a smile, "so I would think I'd be invited.''
Kuroda doneGirardi said David Huff will start Sunday afternoon instead of Hiroki Kuroda, who during the last six weeks of the season was unable to recapture the form that once made him an AL Cy Young candidate.
Barring an emergency situation that would require him to pitch, the 38-year-old Kuroda will finish the season 11-13 with a 3.31 ERA. Hardly terrible numbers, but as recently as Aug. 12, Kuroda was 11-7 with a 2.33 ERA. From there, the season took an ugly turn, as he went 0-6, 6.56. Girardi said that might be attributed to throwing 2192/3 innings last season and 2011/3 this season.
"He's thrown a lot of innings,'' Girardi said. "I've said his sinker was not quite the same and his slider wasn't quite the same . . . It could be a combination of a lot of things, all the innings the last two years. It could be a combination of a lot of things, but no one ever really knows."