NEW YORK -- Joe Girardi is the new manager of the New York
Yankees. He's agreed to a three-year contract worth an average
salary of at least 2 million dollars annually, according to a
baseball official speaking on condition of anonymity because the
team has yet to announce the deal.
Girardi, the 2006 National League Manager of the Year with
Florida, replaces Joe Torre, who turned down the Yanks'
5-million-dollar offer for 2008.
Girardi has a pinstriped pedigree. The hard-nosed catcher played
on three Yankees teams that won the World Series, served as their
bench coach and was a TV announcer for the club this year.
In choosing Girardi, the Yankees passed over Don Mattingly, who
has told the team he has no interest in returning next year as
bench coach or in any other coaching position.
The Yanks also interviewed first base coach, and former big
league manager, Tony Pena.