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Joe Girardi's agent met with New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman on Wednesday to try and work something out before Girardi's contract expires at the end of October.
The Chicago Cubs front office has just fired Dale Sveum, and the organization believes that hiring Girardi could help boost fan attendance. Cubs attendance has been declining, and they need something to get fans interested again. They think that maybe hiring an Illinois native who played for Chicago once upon a time might get some fans to come out. It also seems like a better financial option than going after a big name free agent.
The Yankees are trying to convince Girardi to stay before the Cubs even get a chance at him. According to the Chicago Tribune after Cashman spoke with Girardi on Monday, he had this to say in a news conference on Tuesday: "We are going to give [Girardi] a real good reason to stay."
Cashman knows he is working under time constraints, as the Cubs plan to make Girardi a serious offer as soon as they get the chance, according to ESPN.
The two highest paid managers in the MLB are Mike Scioscia and Jim Leyland receiving $5 million per year and $4 million per year respectively. New York will probably offer Girardi something close to that, up over $3 million.
Girardi said on Sunday that he wants to figure this out sooner rather than later.
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