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Yanks' new deal with Girardi likely to be done soon

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi answers questions

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi answers questions during a news conference at Yankee Stadium, Monday, Oct. 25, 2010. Credit: AP

SAN FRANCISCO - Joe Girardi said on Monday he hoped a new contract with the Yankees could be worked out "quickly."

Indications are that will be the case.

Girardi's agent, Steve Mandell, met with general manager Brian Cashman Tuesday and one official said he "expects something to get done" with Girardi soon.

Girardi, whose original three-year, $7.5-million contract expires at the end of the month, is expected to get a new three-year deal worth in the $9 million-$10 million range.

Speaking Monday, Cashman said taking care of Girardi's situation was the first priority of what will be a busy offseason.

"Obviously the first order of business is our manager," Cashman said. "That should work out fine. I know Joe wants to stay and we'd like to retain him so that should create an environment we can work through rather quickly. And then after that, obviously, we'll focus on the entire coaching staff.''

Pitching coach Dave Eiland, Cashman announced Monday, would not be retained.

Possible successors, though both long shots, could be Scott Aldred, who took over for Eiland at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and bullpen coach Mike Harkey.

An outside candidate might be Orioles pitching coach Rick Kranitz, Girardi's pitching coach when he managed the Marlins in 2006.

One name of interest to Yankee fans is Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti, the AL Rookie of the Year with the Yankees in 1981. But Righetti, in his 11th year as Giants pitching coach, isn't going anywhere.

"I know why you're asking about the Yankees," Righetti said, "but I have another year here."


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