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Patient Cubs willing to top Yankees’ offer to Girardi
The Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908, so they’re content to wait as long as possible until Joe Girardi decides whether to accept an offer to stay with the Yankees or pursue other opportunities.
Seattle Times news services
CHICAGO — The Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908, so they’re content to wait as long as possible until Joe Girardi decides whether to accept an offer to stay with the Yankees or pursue other opportunities.
There’s plenty of guarded optimism because the Cubs have made it clear through channels that they are willing to top whatever offer the Yankees tender, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.
Girardi, who is completing a three-year contract that paid him about $3 million in 2013, could be in line for a new contract that is longer than three years and could be more than $5 million annually, the source added.
“We’re going to give him a real good reason to stay,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.
The Cubs aren’t worried about being in a holding pattern even though the Yankees won’t grant Girardi permission to talk directly to the Cubs until his contract expires Nov. 1.
There’s a strong sense that it won’t take nearly that long for Girardi to make a decision.
And Cubs president Theo Epstein and his staff appear willing to be deliberate in selecting a manager — especially as long as Girardi hasn’t re-signed with the Yankees, for whom he has worked for the past six seasons, winning one World Series and three American League East titles.
LOS ANGELES — Joe Torre hopes baseball’s expanded instant-replay system will be ready next season.
“We’re not totally ready yet. We’re getting closer and closer,” the MLB executive vice president said. “I’m pretty hopeful we’ll have it set for next year.”
Managers would be allowed one challenge over the first six innings of a game and two from the seventh inning until conclusion.
Balls and strikes would not be reviewable, and challenged calls would be settled at MLB headquarters in New York after replays are viewed.
The retired manager of the Dodgers and Yankees was asked if he’d be interested in replacing Bud Selig as baseball commissioner.
“If they had asked me to do something for the game I certainly would listen, but I have no aspirations to be commissioner,” said Torre, who is 73. “I’ve got a significant job.”
• Detroit’s Jhonny Peralta will be in the lineup Monday for Game 3 of the AL Division Series against Oakland — his first home game since being suspended 50 games as part of baseball’s drug investigation.
Peralta returned for the last three games of the regular season and appeared as a pinch-hitter in Game 1 of this series. Now manager Jim Leyland wants to try to boost his team’s offense, which has been blanked for 17 straight innings.
Peralta hit .303 with 11 home runs during the regular season. He was Detroit’s shortstop before being suspended in early August, but Jose Iglesias is in that spot now. The Tigers have used Peralta mostly in the outfield since his return.
“Jhonny is a threat to hit one in the gap or over the fence,” Leyland said.