Sorry Cubs Fans, Girardi Signs With Yankees

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    AP
    New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi decided to re-sign with the team.

    It's on to Plan B for the Chicago Cubs.

    Manager Joe Girardi has signed a four-year contract extension to stay with the New York Yankees.

    General manager Brian Cashman had said after the team missed the playoffs that the Yankees wanted to keep Girardi, whose name was mentioned for the Cubs opening in his native Illinois.

    New York took care of that quickly, announcing Wednesday that he's signed through the 2017 season.

    The 48-year-old Girardi has led the team to the playoffs in four of his six seasons, winning the World Series in 2009. Under Girardi, the Yankees have gone a majors-best 564-408 (.580) since 2008.

    A 15-year MLB catcher, Girardi played for the Yankees from 1996-99.

    The Cubs last month fired manager Dale Sveum after the team finished last in the NL Central for the first time in seven years.

    This week, the Cubs spoke with former Washington Nationals and Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta about the open position.