Girardi, Cashman praised by Hal
TAMPA, FLA. >> Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner doesn’t plan on talking with Joe Girardi about a new contract in the near future but spoke highly of the manager’s performance.
Girardi is in the final season of a $16 million, four-year deal and is beginning his 10th season as Yankees manager.
“We love Joe,” Steinbrenner said Wednesday after the team’s first workout this year. “Look, Joe is one of many people who work in this organization that have contracts, and I treat all of them the same. I don’t deal with it until the contract is close to up or is up. I’m sure we’ll be talking, maybe, toward the end of the year.”
General manager Brian Cashman is also in the final season of his contract.
“I think he’s done great,” Steinbrenner said. “The changes we made in player development the last few years, which he oversees, I think we’re in a good place right now. But now we’ve got to prove ourselves.”
New York, which missed the playoffs three of the last four years, has put its future in the hands of young players that include catcher Gary Sanchez, first baseman Greg Bird, infielder/outfielder Tyler Austin and outfielder Aaron Judge. Pitchers Justus Sheffield and James Kaprielian, and shortstop Gleyber Torres are in the pipeline.
“This is a time of new hope, spring training, and a whole new season,” Steinbrenner said. “This feels different. I mean, we’ve got a great crop of good young players and a good crop of veterans as well. It’s a great mix.”
“What hasn’t changed is we’re always going to field a championship-caliber team,” Steinbrenner added. “If money comes off the payroll, we’re going to do our best to put it back into the team as we did this year. We’re always going to make sure that we’ve got a mix of marque veteran proven talent along with the young players.”
Steinbrenner has high expectations for 2017.
“Whether or not people think we have a chance or don’t have a chance, that’s up to them,” Steinbrenner said. “As far as these guys, they absolutely believe they a chancer and will come to play.”
Manager Joe Girardi has the backing of Yankees owner Hal Steinebrenner.