Source: Girardi expected to accept Yankees' offer

Updated: October 30, 2007, 12:54 AM ET
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The Yankees offered their managerial job to Joe Girardi on Monday morning and he is expected to accept it, a source has told 1050 ESPN New York's Andrew Marchand.

"The Yankees have offered Joe the opportunity to become their next manager. Discussions are ongoing," Steve Mandell, Girardi's agent, said.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told Don Mattingly and Tony Pena that they will not be getting the job.

Girardi was in Denver for the World Series. A source said he is expected to fly to New York for the announcement, which is likely to come Tuesday. Girardi's contract is expected to be in the three-year, $6 million range.

Mattingly will not accept a position on the Yankees coaching staff, Marchand and ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney are reporting.

"Don was extremely disappointed that he wasn't the organization's choice to fill the manager's vacancy," Mattingly's agent, Ray Schulte, said in a statement.

According to Olney, one person Girardi would want on his staff would be former Cubs pitcher Mike Harkey, perhaps as pitching coach.

Hank Steinbrenner, one of owner George Steinbrenner's sons, said Monday he wasn't sure when an announcement would be made. He added there would be more discussions during the day concerning the candidates.

Joe Girardi Biography

Name: Joe Girardi
Age: 43
Managing background: One season with Florida Marlins, who were 78-84. Named 2006 National League manager of year.
Playing career: Spent parts of 15 seasons in majors with Chicago Cubs, Colorado, St. Louis and New York Yankees. Won three World Series titles with Yankees (1996, 1998-99). He hit .267 and had 1,100 career hits in 1,277 career games. Retired in 2002.
Personal: Married to Kim with three children. Graduate of Northwestern University with a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering. Three-time academic All-American.

• Buster Olney on Girardi

"These guys were put through the ringer," he said from Tampa, Fla. "I think we're ready to make an informed decision."

Howard Rubenstein, a spokesman for George Steinbrenner, said: "We have nothing to announce right now."

Sources told Olney on Monday that the Dodgers have maintained contact with Girardi in the hope that his negotiations with the Yankees fall apart and they can try to hire him. Girardi is Plan A for the Dodgers, and former Yankees manager Joe Torre is Plan B. Sources say the Dodgers are expected to fire Grady Little.

If Torre is hired, Mattingly would likely move with him to Los Angeles as a coach -- joining the organization that drafted his son, Preston, in 2006.

Girardi caught for the Yankees from 1996-99, served as a bench coach in 2005, then managed the Marlins the following year and was NL Manager of the Year. He kept a young team in contention until September, then was fired, apparently for clashing with owner Jeffrey Loria and others above him.

The 43-year-old Girardi turned down the Baltimore Orioles' managerial job last summer, choosing to spend time with his father, who had health problems.

"Joe Girardi is a good man," Torre said Monday on "Late Show with David Letterman." "He's got a feel for this organization."

Girardi, working as a broadcaster Sunday night for Fox Sports from the World Series in Denver, said he had nothing to announce regarding his status as a manager.

"Still former," Girardi said. "Nothing extra tonight."

Girardi was the first to interview Monday, followed by Mattingly on Tuesday and Pena on Wednesday. Pena won AL Manager of the Year in 2003 after the Kansas City Royals (83-79) posted their first winning season since 1994 -- Hank Steinbrenner told The Times that Pena was "definitely under consideration."

Mattingly has no managerial experience. He spent three seasons as New York's hitting coach before he became Torre's bench coach last year. A six-time All-Star, Mattingly is among the most beloved players in Yankees history.

Torre declined a one-year offer to return at a reduced salary after leading the team to four World Series championships and 12 playoff appearances in as many seasons.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.