Yanks, Girardi close to new deal

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, Last Updated: 3:05 PM ET

NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees and manager Joe Girardi have reportedly agreed to a new three-year contract.

According to the New York Daily News, the two sides are finalizing terms of the new pact which the paper said is worth $9 million. MLB.com said it could officially be announced on Friday during an off-day for the World Series.

Girardi originally signed a three-year contract in October 2007 and has guided the Yankees to a regular season record of 287-199 with two playoff appearances and a World Series title.

The Yankees missed the playoffs in his first year with an 89-73 record, then captured their 27th World Series title in 2009 after winning 103 games and the AL East crown. This season New York finished 95-67 and earned the AL wild card berth, but lost to the Texas Rangers in the American League Championship Series.

Girardi played 15 seasons as a catcher in the big leagues and won three World Series titles in four years with the Yankees from 1996-99. He spent one year as bench coach for Joe Torre with the Yankees in 2005, then won the 2006 NL Manager of the Year award in his lone season with Florida after leading a Marlins team with 22 rookies to a 78-84 record.

There had been speculation during the season that Girardi might not return, particularly when there was a potential managerial opening with the Chicago Cubs. He is from Illinois and went to college at Northwestern. The Cubs vacancy, though, was filled earlier this month when Mike Quade was given the job after serving as interim manager following Lou Piniella's retirement.


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