Yankees Re-Sign Joe Girardi

The Yankees announced that they have re-signed manager Joe Girardi to a four-year deal that will keep him in place as manager through the 2017 season.  Girardi, 48, was at the top of the Cubs' wishlist this winter, but he'll be back in the Bronx for a seventh season in 2014.  

Girardi will earn $16MM over the course of the deal plus bonuses, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com (via Twitter).  The new deal makes him the second-highest paid manager in baseball, next to Mike Scioscia of the Angels.

The former catcher was said to be quite torn between staying in New York or joining the Cubs as they enter the next phase of their rebuilding project.  Girardi has history with both teams, having played in pinstripes for four seasons and with the Cubbies for seven seasons.  The Nationals were also believed to have interest in his services.

The Bombers missed the playoffs in 2013 but Girardi has guided the club to the postseason in four of his six seasons, including a World Series championship in 2009.  Under Girardi, the Yankees have gone 564-408  since 2008 while leading the majors in home runs (1,236) and ranking second in runs scored (4,884).

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