Joe Girardi apparently wants the New York Mets managerial job “badly enough” that it could end up working for both parties.
As the New York Mets enter the offseason, their biggest task is to fill their managerial vacancy. The organization decided to part ways with Mickey Callaway earlier this month after two seasons and zero postseason appearances.
One of the bigger names that have emerged in the search for a new skipper is Joe Girardi. The former ballplayer managed the crosstown New York Yankees from 2008-17. Despite a World Series-winning manager, Girardi apparently dealt with power struggles in the Bombers clubhouse, per a report last week from Andy Martino of SNY.
However, according to a source close to the situation, a potential struggle may not be an issue with Girardi this time around.
“You are reporting to the general manager, here is what it’s going to be, you either want the job or you don’t,” the source said, per Mike Puma of the New York Post. “And I think Joe wants the job badly enough that it won’t be bothersome and he’s going to figure out how to get along and everything else. I don’t see that being an issue.”
Now, we don’t know if it’ll be an issue until a legitimate situation involving a struggle with leverage presents itself. This wouldn’t come until after Girardi is already hired…if he does end up winning the job. But, for right now, there’s reason to believe that Girardi could coexist alongside general manager Brodie Van Wagenen.