Yankees sign manager Joe Girardi through 2017 campaign
New York has MLB-best winning percentage since 2008
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi is staying put.
The American League club on Wednesday announced it has signed Girardi to a four-year contract extension through the 2017 season.
"After talking to my family, this is where we wanted to come back," Girardi said.
Girardi, 48, has guided the Yankees to a major league-best 564-408 record and .580 winning percentage since 2008.
This season, the Yankees finished with a record of 85-77, tied for third in the AL East with Baltimore. It was considered by many to be his best season as a manager. He kept the Yankees in the playoff chase until late September despite injuries to stars Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson.
"I wouldn't have come back if I didn't think we could win a championship," Girardi said. "I have faith in our organization."
He has led the team to the post-season in four of his six seasons on the job, capturing the 27th World Series title in franchise history in 2009, his playoff managerial debut.
Under Girardi, New York has topped the majors in home runs (1,236) while ranking second in runs scored (4,884) and seventh in hits (8,836) and batting average (.265).
In recent weeks, there had been rumblings that the former major league catcher might be on the move, perhaps to the Chicago Cubs, who drafted Girardi in the fifth round of the 1986 amateur draft.
Girardi earned his 500th victory as Yankees manager on May 10 at Kansas City in his 844th game as the team's skipper.
New York committed only 69 errors in 2013, third lowest in the majors, and tied a team mark for fewest in a season set in 2010.
In 2006, Girardi was named National League manager of the year after the Florida Marlins went 78-84 in his first season as a big-league manager.
The native of Peoria, Ill., played 15 major league seasons for the Cubs, Colorado, St. Louis and the Yankees, appearing in six post-seasons and winning Series titles with New York in 1996, 1998 and 1999.
Girardi remains with a high-priced ball club that places the utmost premium on winning championships, but entered the off-season with great uncertainty.
Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte retired, Jeter played only 17 games this year after breaking an ankle last October and A-Rod is still appealing a 211-game suspension.
All-star second baseman Robinson Cano is a free agent, as are pitcher Hiroki Kuroda and Granderson. And Cano could be seeking a 10-year contract worth up to $305 million US.
Also, Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner has said that the team is determined to get under next year's $189 million luxury tax threshold, which includes about $177 million for player salaries. Cashman, though, recently said it's unclear if the staying within that limit is possible.
With files from The Associated Press