Girardi agrees to Yankees' offer (cont.)
Posted: Tuesday October 30, 2007 9:49AM; Updated: Tuesday October 30, 2007 10:14PM
Girardi turned down the Baltimore Orioles' managing job last summer, choosing to spend time with his ailing father.
Mattingly also interviewed for the Yankees spot last week, telling team management how much he wanted it. Earlier this month, he said replacing Torre would be quite a challenge.
"It's like following John Wooden or something," Mattingly said then. "This guy wins championship after championship and we're in the playoffs in every year.
"It's pretty much a no-win situation for someone coming in here to be able to live up to the expectations or live up to what he did. It's not going to happen. So as far as someone coming in and taking over this job, it's not necessarily a great situation."
Girardi gets the unenviable task of following Torre, who led the Yankees to four World Series titles in his first five years -- but none since -- and was one of the most celebrated sports figures in the city.
Rivera and his agent, Fernando Cuza, were at Legends Field in Tampa on Tuesday, to talk with Yankees officials. The ace reliever, who has filed for free agency, said only, "We've got to see something."
Afterward, Cuza said they had a good meeting but wouldn't speculate as to whether Rivera will be a Yankee next season.
"I don't know," Cuza said. "It's up to them."
Rodriguez informed the Yankees on Sunday that he was terminating his contract and becoming a free agent. The Yankees have repeatedly said they wouldn't negotiate with A-Rod if he hit the open market.
The Yankees offered Torre a $5 million, one-year contract featuring a $2.5 million paycut and $3 million in performance-based bonuses, and he turned it down Oct. 18. The result was a messy departure that split Yankees fans into camps of Torre supporters and proponents for change.
The Associated Press Contributed to this report.
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