Girardi expected to get a three-year contract extension

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Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are expected to give manager Joe Girardi a three-year contract extension. He’s expected to get $3 million a year.

This is pretty much a no-brainer. Whatever issues anyone had with Girardi during the postseason, he has done a remarkable job managing the Yankees in my view. Despite the usual pressure of New York and despite a lot of guys (i.e. A.J. Burnett, Joba Chamberlain) being moved around or benched or what have you, the clubhouse has remained a seemingly peaceful and even downright harmonious place. Even if he walks a guy when you or I wouldn’t, Girardi deserves credit for that.

And really: who else could the Yankees possibly hire to replace him? One of the things that made letting Torre go possible a couple of years ago was the availability of Girardi.  At the moment there is no obvious heir to the job that I can see.

Report: Welington Castillo to be suspended 80 games for violating Joint Drug Agreement

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms a report from journalist Américo Celado that White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement. Castillo was believed to have used a steroid, but according to Rosenthal, the substance was not a steroid. More details should come on Thursday.

Castillo, 31, entered Wednesday’s action batting .270/.314/.477 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 118 plate appearances. He has gotten the bulk of the work behind the plate, backed up by Omar Narváez.

Castillo’s absence will likely prompt the White Sox to call up Kevan Smith from Triple-A Charlotte. Smith battled an ankle injury in March and April, so he got a late start to the season. In 102 PA at Triple-A, he has hit .283/.343/.457.