Girardi closing in on three-year deal

Joe Girardi and his binder are returning to the Bronx for three more seasons.


Joe Girardi and his binder are returning to the Bronx for three more seasons.

Girardi is on the verge of agreeing to a three-year deal that is reportedly worth $9 million. The manager will get roughly $500,000 in performance bonuses and a bit of a raise over his old deal.

“I love being here. I’ve loved working here,” Girardi said Monday. “It's a great work environment, a great relationship with the front office and everyone involved the players and coaches.”

Girardi, who is 287-199 in three seasons, will get three more years to use the binder that has become a source of derision for some fans, including one that created a Twitter account with the name “Girardi’s Binder.”

Best moves

A glimpse at Joe Girardi’s best moves this season:

1 Moving Robinson Cano to the fifth spot: Cano was productive in 2009 while batting mostly out of the seventh spot. When Hideki Matsui signed with the Angels, though, the Yankees needed a fifth-place hitter and Cano emerged in a big way with an MVP type season (.319, 29 HRs, 109 RBIs).

2 Rest for A-Rod: Girardi kept Alex Rodriguez out of the starting lineup for three games after he was activated from a calf injury in September. The extra caution helped A-Rod hit a season-high .309 in that month.

3 Hughes to the rotation: Phil Hughes got the nod over three others for the fifth spot and became an 18-game winner.

Worst moves:

1 – Sticking with A.J. – Though A.J. Burnett had a worse season than Javier Vazquez; Girardi stuck with him and gave him a playoff start --then left him in too long.

2 – Leadoff mistake – Moving Derek Jeter to the leadoff spot worked in 2009 but as Jeter began to show some age and slumped, putting Brett Gardner and his .389 on-base percentage might have been a better option.

3 – Odd platoon in left – At first Austin Kearns hit a little but from Aug. 24 on, Kearns did not get an extra-base hit. Still, he received playing time over Gardner against left-handed pitching. Gardner had a .373 on-base percentage against lefties and his sitting might have been among the reasons the Yankees were 0-9 against southpaws down the stretch.