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Crosstown rival Mets open to signing Joe Girardi

Could Joe Girardi join the likes of Casey Stengel, Yogi Berra and Dallas Green as a former Yankee skipper who takes his services across town? Well according to Mike Puma of the New York Post, it’s a possibility.

According to Puma, a source with direct knowledge of the conversations says that Girardi’s name has surfaced in recent discussions between Mets’ officials. The Yankees’ skipper is unsigned beyond this season, and questions have been looming about his future even prior to his non-challenge blunder in game 2 of the ALDS.

The source added that the Mets “fully expect” the Yankees to retain Girardi, but general manager Sandy Alderson would be open to the idea of signing him should he become available. Though Girardi would, in all likelihood, come with a hefty price tag, his leadership skills are well-respected by the Mets, and Alderson has stated that “leader” is the top characteristic he seeks in a manager. Alderson also indicated that the Mets will not be in a rebuilding mode in 2018, as they look to contend for the postseason, and a manager with Girardi’s experience would make sense for a team with a “win now” mentality.

Other potential candidates on the Mets’ radar are Brad Asmus, Robin Ventura, Alex Cora, Joe McEwing, Kevin Long, Chip Hale, Bob Geren and Sandy Alomar Jr.

Girardi has compiled a 910-710 regular-season record across 10 years at the helm of the Bombers with one World Series win.

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