The Yankees accomplished their first order of business for the offseason bringing back manager Joe Girardi on a four-year deal the team announced this afternoon.

Girardi had sat on the offer since Friday. He finished up a three-year contract worth $9 million after 2013. Girardi was believed to receive a significant raise in this deal. The Yankees did not want to lose Girardi to the Cubs who had shown apparent interest in him.

The length of the deal showed the Yankees’ desire to keep their man. His two previous contracts had each lasted three seasons.

Girardi 48 holds a 564-408 record in six seasons as Yankees manager. He won the World Series in 2009. He also guided the team to a trio of American League East titles. The team has missed the playoffs twice under his watch.