NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi “wants to formally explore the Cubs’ opening after weeks of back-channel feelers,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The Yankees are awaiting an answer from Girardi on their contract offer, which was believed to be in the range of $12 million to $15 million over three years. New York brass hasn’t given him a deadline, nor does Girardi have permission to speak with other teams before his current deal expires Nov. 1, baseball insider Jon Heyman reported.

But the Yankees have “made it clear” they may tear up the offer if Girardi waits to negotiate with other teams, the Sun-Times reported. He could also be a candidate for the Washington Nationals job.

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