Joe Girardi stepped down as Team USA's manager on Wednesday, igniting speculation that the former Yankees manager will indeed return to coaching next season.
Girardi, succeeded by former Yankees infielder Scott Brosius, was set to eventually lead the United States into Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games. He was appointed as USA's manager for the Premier12, a qualifier for the Olympics. With aspirations to return to the Major League ranks, Girardi decided to focus on his managerial search rather than the Olympics.
He explained why he chose to step aside from USA Baseball when he joined Mike Francesa on "Mike's On" hours after the move was made official.
"I was committed to the Olympic team," Girardi said. "About a week ago - maybe a little more — I started discussing there was a possibility that I wouldn't be able to do it because of some of the things I was going through interviewing and I couldn't commit because you have to report on Sunday."
Girardi's been heavily rumored to take over the Mets' job after Mickey Callaway's firing. He's among the names reported to have a sit-down interview with Mets' brass. Girardi revealed discussions with teams are underway.
"I have interviewed with some clubs," Girardi revealed. "Interviews are still going on so I'm finished and I will continue to go through the process and wait to see what happens."
There's no indication if he's yet to meet with the Mets. Girardi, however, is reportedly linked to the Philadelphia Phillies with a meeting between the two sides already scheduled.
He revealed discussions have "went well" with all three teams he's met thus far, but yet to generate serious traction as no talks of salaries were mentioned.
"I really believe that I'm going to get an opportunity," Girardi said.
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