Joe Girardi signed a four-year contract Wednesday to remain the New York Yankees’ manager.
The deal runs through the 2017 season and is reportedly worth $16 million.
Girardi, 48, has guided the Yankees to the playoffs in four of the past six seasons, including the franchise’s 27th World Series title in 2009. Girardi’s 564-408 record is the best in baseball since he became manager in 2008.
“I feel very flattered and grateful that I have this opportunity and I look forward to it,” Girardi told reporters.
The signing ends speculation that he might sign with the Chicago Cubs, the team he began his playing career with as a catcher in 1989.
Earlier this week the Chicago Tribune reported that the Cubs were ready to top any offer the Yankees made to Girardi.
Girardi said he never spoke to the Cubs after his wife and children told him they wanted to stay in New York.
“There were some things that we had to work through but my family played an important role with this,” Girardi said.
“We had to decide what was best for all of us ... so we put all that together and we’re glad we’re back.”
TRIBE WANTS GIAMBI BACK
Should he choose to continue is MLB career, Jason Giambi has a spot reserved on the Cleveland Indians roster next season.
Both general manager Chris Antonetti and skipper Terry Francona told CBS Cleveland the organization wants Giambi to stick around.
“We would like to continue our relationship with ‘G’ probably as long as he would like to,” Francona said Monday.
Giambi, who would be 43 on opening day in 2014, had nine home runs and 31 RBIs in 71 games this season. He hasn’t been a full-time player since 2008.
Even if Giambi doesn’t want to play anymore, the Indians want to keep him in the fold.
“If Jason, once he gets to that point where he no longer wants to play we’d love to have him with this organization,” Antonetti said.
ANDY PAFKO DIES
Four-time all-star Andy Pafko, who played with Hall of Famers Jackie Robinson and Hank Aaron and was part of several memorable moments in baseball history, died Tuesday at age 92.
Pafko died of natural causes at a nursing home in Stevensville, Mich., the Associated Press reported Wednesday.
The Wisconsin native started his baseball career with the Chicago Cubs in 1943 and cracked the starting lineup the next year at age 19.
In 1950, Pafko was traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was playing left field for the team in 1951 when Bobby Thomson hit the famous three-run homer at Polo Grounds that gave the New York Giants the National League pennant. He watched the ball sail over his head.
“That was the biggest disappointment in my whole career,” Pafko said in a 1999 interview. “I wanted to go to the World Series.”
Pafko played for the New York Yankees the next year before he was traded to the Braves in 1953. He retired as a player in 1959 after 17 seasons.
He went on to work as a coach and manager for the Braves and as a scout for the Montreal Expos before leaving baseball for good in the 1970s.
REMY’S SON PLEADS NOT GUILTY
The son of a former Boston Red Sox player and broadcaster has pleaded not guilty to charges he stabbed his girlfriend to death in their apartment outside Boston.
Jared Remy, 35, was arraigned on murder charges in Middlesex Superior Court in Boston on Tuesday and ordered held without bail after pleading not guilty, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan’s office said in a press release.
Remy is accused of killing Jennifer Martel, 27, after a fight at their apartment in the suburb of Waltham in August, where they lived with their five-year-old daughter.
Martel had obtained a restraining order against Remy two days before she was killed, claiming he beat her.
Remy is the son of former Red Sox player Jerry Remy, who played for the Red Sox from 1978-1984. He is a Red Sox broadcaster, but announced after his son’s arrest he would not return to the broadcast booth this season.
Jared Remy’s next court date is Oct. 15.
Former manager Dusty Baker, fired by the Cincinnati Reds last week, has expressed interest in the Washington Nationals opening ... After firing Charlie Manuel as manager during the season, the Philadelphia Phillies have offered the 69-year-old a position with the club, according to CSNPhilly.com.