For the Washington Nationals, Joe Girardi makes lots of sense. The problem is he also makes lots of cents. Over the past four years, Girardi earned 1.6 billion cents as manager of the New York Yankees. That works out to 400 million cents per year or, as it’s more commonly known in salary circles, $4 million. That might not sound like a whole lot, especially for a Nationals club that ranked ninth in payroll last season and whose top two pitchers (Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg) earn a combined $55 million annually. But in managerial terms, $4 million is a lot. In fact, it was the fourth-highest salary of all baseball bench bosses last season (only Joe Maddon, Bruce Bochy and Mike Scioscia made more). More importantly, it’s twice as much as the Nationals paid Dusty Baker. For the record, the only reason the Nationals were paying Baker anything at all was because Bud Black, who was their first choice to replace deposed skipper Matt Williams after the 2015 season, balked at what was reportedly a lowball offer from the team. So the Lerner family, owners of the Washington Baseball Nationals, went with Plan B (as in Budget). They grossly underpaid a man who has won 1,863 big league games, more than all but 13 managers in MLB history. Not only did they underpay Baker in money, they underpaid him in time, giving him a two-year contract that belied his experience and success. When that deal expired, they continued to undervalue him by cutting ties with the 68-year-old skipper, who won 95-plus games and a division title in each of his two years in D.C., instead of re-upping to keep him in town for another chance at leading a loaded squad to the Promised Land. Their stated reason? That winning divisions is no longer enough for a team that’s won four division titles in six years but failed to advance even once in the playoffs. That with a roster featuring Scherzer and Strasburg, not to mention Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy, anything short of a 2018 World Series title is a failure. Which brings us back to Girardi.
Girardi 'not likely' to take over as Nationals manager
ESPN | Oct 27