NEW YORK -- If Joe Girardi decides to return as manager of the Yankees next year, we may start having to refer to him as "Your Holiness."
When I called the Yankees' front office Tuesday morning to get the daily update on Girardi's contract negotiations, here is what a team executive said: "No white smoke yet."
The man refused to comment when I asked whether the Girardi side had made a counterproposal to what the Yankees have termed "a very generous offer" for Girardi to continue managing the club, which paid him $3 million over the past three years. He also professed to being neither surprised nor troubled that the club had yet to hear a response from Girardi after making the offer Friday.
"There's no clock here," he said.
There is, of course -- Girardi's contract expires Oct. 31, after which he will be free to listen to any and all pitches out there, and he is expected to receive one from the Chicago Cubs, and maybe from the Washington Nationals, as well -- but the executive seemed to think that Girardi would return to the Yankees.
"You know how agents are," he said.
Perhaps we'll know more when the head cardinal, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner, appears on the Michael Kay show on ESPN New York 98.7 FM at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.