Former Marlins and Yankees manager Joe Girardi always finds himself mentioned whenever there's any sort of discussion about managerial vacancies in the MLB, and for good reason. The former catcher is as solid of a choice as any candidate that's out there, and rumor has it that he's moved past getting the itch to manage again in the majors after having landed the 2020 Team USA job for the Tokyo Olympics, and is widely available. With that being said, here are three MLB teams that should call Girardi about their managerial vacancies.
3. Los Angeles Angels
Sure, Arte Moreno and the Angels are gunning for ex-Cubs manager Joe Maddon to replace Brad Ausmus after another glorious season from Mike Trout was wasted in a 72-90 finish for the Angels. However, if everything with Maddon doesn't work out, the Angels should certainly shortlist Girardi as their next choice. Girardi worked extensively with current Angels GM Billy Eppler while both were working for the Yankees, and already having an established relationship between a manager and GM truly goes a long way. For too long, Los Angeles has been run with a lax attitude; Girardi brings the exact opposite, and would come cheaper than Maddon.
2. Chicago Cubs
Speaking of the Cubs, there are rumblings within the MLB atmosphere that Girardi isn't being seriously considered for the Cubs' job. Regardless of what anyone says, Girardi is more than qualified to try and bring the Cubs back to postseason relevancy. As a former catcher for the Cubs, as well as an Illinois native and Northwestern product, Girardi has all the personal possible links to the Chicago area; his championship pedigree only further helps his bid in becoming the Cubs' manager.
1. San Francisco Giants
The Angels and Cubs might be the most obvious vacancies for Girardi to garner consideration for. However, a dark horse team that could emerge for Girardi's signature services are the San Francisco Giants. With the Bruce Bochy era finally coming to the end, it could be another former catcher's face who represents the Giants for the next decade as their manager. Girardi has already shown some early interest in the Giants vacancy, and it's quite possible that GM Farhan Zaidi doesn't stray too far from the type of manager Bochy was: an ex-catcher who's got the grit and championship pedigree to sustain the success of a team with a rich history of winning. He wants to put his own imprint on the team, and will likely go outside the organization. It's only fitting. No nonsense; just results.