Source: Yanks offer Girardi new deal

A person familiar with the negotiations says the New York Yankees have made a contract offer to manager Joe Girardi.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the offer was not announced.

Girardi’s contract expires at the end of the month. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman met with Girardi on Monday and with the manager’s agent, Steve Mandell, on Wednesday.

But the Yankees’ free-agent manager has also been a long-term target of Cubs ownership for years. Girardi is the Cubs’ clear-cut first choice and likely will wind up as no worse than the second-highest-paid manager in the game, with a long-term contract from either the Yankees or Cubs.

The Yankees, however, are not letting the Cubs anywhere near Girardi, refusing to grant them permission to interview the former Cubs first-round draft pick and Northwestern star, who’s under contract through October.

Girardi replaced Joe Torre after the 2007 season and was given a $7.8 million, three-year contract. He is completing a $9 million, three-year deal.

He has led the Yankees to a 564-408 record and a World Series title. Crippled by injuries, New York had its poorest season since 1992, missing the playoffs for the second time in 19 years and finishing tied for third in the AL East at 85-77.

Cashman said Tuesday ”we’re going to give him a real good reason to stay.”

The Chicago Sun-Times contributed to this story.