Now this would be a shocker.

As Major League Baseball's 2017 World Series gets set to begin in Los Angeles, one of the biggest stories will take place on the opposite coast: the short and long-term future of the Yankees.

That, of course, starts with the contracts of general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi.

While there are a slew of reasons for the Yankees to bring Girardi back, nothing is guaranteed. That's true even if Girardi's family signs off on him staying in the dugout for another contract.

One reason why the Girardi-Yankees relationship could actually end in the coming week: Money.

On Monday's ESPN Baseball Tonight podcast, host Buster Olney speculated that the Yankees could move away from Girardi if the manager asks for a substantial salary raise in contract negotiations.

"The Yankees managerial position now is an open question because Joe Girardi's contract is expiring right now." Olney said. "He's finishing up a four-year, $16M deal. He addressed his future with reporters after the Yankees were eliminated on Saturday. He seemed to indicate to reporters that, all things being equal, he would prefer to come back--but it's not all his decision."

The decision, of course, will partially be dictated by Girardi's family. But it will also come down to what the Yankees offer.