Girardi: No Plans to Leave

The front office might have other ideas, but Joe Girardi said Tuesday he plans to manage the Marlins through 2008.

Asked if he planned to start looking for another job after Sunday's season-ending game, Girardi said: "There's no reason to look. I have a three-year deal so there's no reason to look. If I'm not here, it's not my choice."

Girardi said he expects to be evaluated after the season, as often happens with managers around the major leagues. But he repeated what he said over the weekend, that he won't quit.

"I will not resign because I came here to do a job," he said. "People want to speculate, 'Oh, he wants to go to Chicago.' I sold my house in Chicago. No man in his right mind would sell his house in Chicago for eight months. There's not a man in his right mind who would do that. I sold my house. I uprooted my family. I brought my kids here. I had another baby here.

"All I know is I am here to do a job and I will continue to do my job as long as they want me here."

Owner Jeffrey Loria was not immediately available for comment. A front-office source has said the team has not made a decision on Girardi's future.

But other sources who have spoken to Marlins officials believe the team is prepared to fire Girardi after the season because of, among other things, friction between Girardi and the front office, in particular Loria and general manager Larry Beinfest.

"They're all convinced it's going to happen -- Joe's out," said a baseball source who has spoken to members of the Marlins front office. Meanwhile, Girardi said he plans to continue managing the Marlins.

"I came here to do a job," he said. "I love what these kids have accomplished and I'd like to see it through, but I don't make that decision, so I won't worry about that decision now."

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