Cubs ready to out-bid the Yankees for Joe Girardi

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How serious are the Cubs about luring manager Joe Girardi away from the Yankees? According to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune they’re “willing to top whatever offer” he gets to stay in New York.

Gonzales speculates that will mean at least $5 million per season and generally speaking teams rarely win bidding wars with the Yankees, so Girardi (and his agent) must be thrilled right now.

Girardi is technically under contract until November 1 and the Yankees haven’t granted him permission to speak to teams before then, so this whole thing could take a while to play out.

Report: Phillies moving in on a deal with Tommy Hunter

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Update (8:40 PM ET): Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Hunter’s contract with the Phillies is for two years.

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There’s been a bit of confusion at the Winter Meetings. First, ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that the Phillies were close to signing free agent reliever Addison Reed. That report was then disputed by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer then reported that not only do the Phillies not have a deal with Reed, they’re actually moving in on a deal with free agent pitcher Tommy Hunter. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic backed up Gelb’s report, as did Todd Zolecki of MLB.com.

Hunter, 31, spent the past season with the Rays, posting a 2.61 ERA with a 64/14 K/BB ratio across 58 2/3 innings. The right-hander, a veteran of 10 seasons in the majors, should be a good addition to the Phillies’ bullpen, which also recently added Pat Neshek. Neshek and Hunter will likely work the innings just ahead of closer Hector Neris.

As for Reed, well, who knows.