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Yankees, Girardi agree to four-year deal

Jim Rogash

The Yankees and manager Joe Girardi announced that they have agreed to a four-year deal that will keep him as skipper until 2017. The 48-year old was rumored to be at the top of the Cubs wish list to fill their vacant manager position.

According to multiple reports, the former MLB catcher was torn between deciding to stay in New York or joining the Cubs to help rebuild the historical franchise. Girardi played for both the Yankees and he Cubs during his paying career. The Nationals, who are looking for a manager following the retirement of Davey Johnson, were believed to be interested in the services of Girardi as well.

The Yankees missed the playoffs in 2013, but Girardi did an excellent job guiding an injury-riddled team into contention for the Wild Card. Girardi has made the playoffs four out of his six years as Yankees manager and lead the 2009 team to the World Series championship. The Yankees have gone 564-408 since 2008 under Girardi.

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