Because how can you not love a baseball player named "Bubba"?
No public announcement yet; Girardi and the Yankees are still wrangling over the details of the contract. Girardi's apparently playing hardball with them. But it's all over but the shouting. It's not like they can change their minds now. Girardi will be the new Yankees manager, at a higher salary than the Yankees anticipated.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers are firing Grady Little and hiring Joe Torre. They originally wanted Girardi, but since he's not available, they're grabbing Torre. Mattingly will be going with Torre, and he may not be the only one. Torre is very popular with his players and coaches, and several of them may decide to go with him to LA. If so, the Yankees could look very, very different next season.
With A-Rod gone, Posada, Pettitte, and Rivera question marks, and holes at first base and in the pen, the Yankees may be very active in the trade market in the off-season. I suppose it's possible that with Girardi in charge, they'll try to build a winning team out of their farm system. But this is still the Yankees. They will probably try to replace the star power and production they are losing. This may mean some really big trades, coming soon.
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