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Around the Yankee Galaxy: Joba flattered but wants to stay

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Joba Chamberlain is flattered to be a demand in the deal for Dan Haren -

It's actually kind of an honor. It means some team actually thinks you're pretty good...

[But] this is the only team I've ever known. As a player, you want to stay.

What he's saying is that the Yankees have a much better chance than the Arizona Diamondbacks to win games.

You can be sure that Girardi will use the Cubs' looming managerial opening as leverage in negotiations with the Yankees this winter. But would he seriously consider leaving his prestigious job to go home and try to do the impossible - win a championship with the Cubs?

... At the very least, it's going to cost the Yankees a lot more to sign him now than it would have had they given their manager an extension after he won the World Series last year.

If Girardi does decide to leave, who would you want as the next manager? Tony Pena? Long or Eiland? Someone from outside the organization?

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