Joe Girardi, who kept the New York Yankees in playoff contention well into September despite a rash of injuries and the incessant distraction of the Alex Rodriguez saga, agreed to a four-year contract with the club, the Yankees announced Wednesday.
Girardi, 48, has been the Yankees manager since 2008 and guided them to a World Series title a year later. His contract expired after this season, however, and interest in him spiked for high-profile managerial openings with the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals.
However, the Yankees moved relatively quickly to lock him up, and the length of his deal is one to two years longer than the industry standard.
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