Brian Cashman, Joe Girardi
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New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has high praise for former manager Joe Girardi, would ‘highly recommend’ hiring him.

Joe Girardi hasn’t managed a game since the 2017 postseason. He and the New York Yankees were eliminated in that year’s American League Championship Series. After that, his contract expired and the Bombers decided not to retain him moving forward.

Two years later, Girardi could very well have another opportunity on deck. The New York Mets and Chicago Cubs are looking to fill their vacant managerial positions after parting ways with Mickey Callaway and Joe Maddon, respectively.

Ultimately, the man who had a huge say in not retaining him, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, is endorsing the potential hire of Girardi.

“When you’re talking about somebody like Joe, he’d give you instant credibility,” Cashman said, per John Harper of SNY. “He’s buttoned-up, ready to go, and proven successful in the largest market you can find. And he came out on top.

“He was here for 10 years, and some things have an expiration date, but that doesn’t diminish the abilities the person possesses or the quality of work he provides. I highly recommend Joe to anybody, even our rivals, unfortunately.”

Girardi will undergo an interview with the Mets, according to a report that surfaced on Wednesday from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

New York will also interview Mike Bell, who’s the Vice President of Player Development for the Arizona Diamondbacks, as well as Carlos Beltrán. The latter is a current special advisor to Cashman and played the outfield for the Mets from 2005-2011.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.