Girardi interviews with Marlins, Devil Rays

Updated: October 13, 2005, 1:21 PM ET
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MIAMI -- Joe Girardi has no managerial experience, which may soon change.

The Yankees' bench coach interviewed Wednesday in New York with two teams seeking a manager: the Florida Marlins and Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

"It was an opportunity to review the situations," said Girardi's agent, Steve Mandell. "Everybody agreed to get together again."

Another meeting with either team is possible, Mandell said. He said neither club gave a timetable for a decision.

"Both are interested in hiring the right person," Mandell said.

The Marlins denied reports that Girardi has been offered the job.

''There was absolutely no job offered anywhere,'' one high-ranking Marlins official told the Miami Herald.

Girardi spent 15 years as a major-league catcher, then went into broadcasting in 2004. He came out of the booth to join the Yankees' staff this season.

When asked how eager Girardi is to become a manager now, Mandell said, "He has a desire to be a manager if the right situation comes along."

Girardi, who met informally last week with Loria, this time talked for two hours with Loria, general manager Larry Beinfest and assistant general manager Mike Hill. On Tuesday the Marlins interviewed Atlanta Braves bench coach Fredi Gonzalez and Oakland Athletics third-base coach Ron Washington.

Florida is expected to interview Tampa Bay coaches Billy Hatcher and Tom Foley, but Girardi and Gonzalez, who spent 10 years in the Marlins' organization, are considered front-runners for the job.

The Marlins seek a successor to McKeon, who led them to the World Series title in 2003 but resigned after the team finished 83-79 this year.

Tampa Bay released manager Lou Piniella from the final season of his four-year contract.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.