Hal Steinbrenner Says He’s Deferred Talk of Joe Girardi’s Contract –

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Hal Steinbrenner Says He’s Deferred Talk of Joe Girardi’s Contract –
TAMPA, Fla. — Hal Steinbrenner, the Yankees’ managing general partner, praised the work of Joe Girardi on Wednesday, but he said
that any talk of a new contract for his manager — whose four-year, $16 million contract expires this year — would not take place until the end of the season.
Steinbrenner added, “I’m sure we’ll be talking maybe toward the end of the year, but right now, there’s a lot more things to be worried about.”
The Yankees have on occasion offered contract extensions to players — to C. C. Sabathia just before he could have opted out in 2012 and to Brett Gardner before 2015, and an offer to Aroldis Chapman last summer
that was declined — but they have mostly been content to let contracts expire.
Although the Yankees have played in only one playoff game since 2012, Girardi is generally viewed as a solid manager
and maintains a good working relationship with General Manager Brian Cashman, who is also entering the final year of his contract.
“We love Joe,” said Steinbrenner, who spoke to a group of reporters outside the Yankees’ clubhouse after meeting with Girardi on Wednesday afternoon.
Steinbrenner said a manager should be “great at working with both the younger players and the veterans, which Joe is


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