Joe Girardi and the New York yankees have reportedly consented to go separate ways. Girardi has confirmed his departure from the Yankees on October 26. His four-year, $16 million contract is set to expire toward the end of the month. All in all, Girardi drove a revamping Yankees group through the regular reason and playoffs this season. But after the Yankees lost to the Astros in the ALCS a week ago, Girardi asserted that there's no guarantee that he will return.

Whose replacing Girardi?

One of the issues of Girardi's departure is that there isn't someone who is set to replace him yet.

Rob Thomson, who is the bench coach for the Yankees is a prime choice, but it isn't certain whether the Yankees will go with a lower-profile candidate. Tony Pena, the first base coach of the Yankees has managed in the majors before, so he is also an option. In addition, there is the option of the Mets hitting coach Kevin Long, and former Philadelphia Phillies manager Pete Mackanin, a former pro scout for the Yankees.

Although the Yankees went far in the playoffs, there was controversy in the playoffs, where Girardi was held accountable for the loss in Game 2 of the American League Division Series in Cleveland. This was due to the fact that he didn't request replay review on a strikeout that was mistakenly called a hit batsman.

But on a positive note, the Yankees battled back to win the final three games of the series. In addition, they almost came back from a 2-0 deficit against the Astros in the ALCS.

After the Yankees lost in the ALCS Girardi declared his love for managing, but claimed he would examine his situation with his family to consider what they thought would be a prime option.

What are his options?

In Girardi's case, it is not a bad time for him to explore the market, as The Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies are both in search for managers.

Candidates Alex Cora and Mickey Callaway would of been viable options, but they have taken jobs with the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets, respectively.

Girardi has had a desire to work in baseball operations, perhaps in the commissioner's office. He also has the option to return to broadcasting. In addition, he has a drive for college football, and he's also considering serving as an athletic director.

Girardi will always be remembered as a coach of the Yankees who brought passion, drive, energy, and excitement to the game. He was a coach who loved his job and his team. Wherever he ends up, he will most definitely be successful in his future endeavors.