Girardi interviews with Marlins, Devil Rays

MIAMI -- Joe Girardi has no managerial experience, which may
soon change.

The Yankees' bench coach interviewed Wednesday in New York with two teams seeking a manager: the Florida Marlins and Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

"It was an opportunity to review the situations," said Girardi's agent, Steve Mandell. "Everybody agreed to get together

Another meeting with either team is possible, Mandell said. He
said neither club gave a timetable for a decision.

"Both are interested in hiring the right person," Mandell

The Marlins denied reports that Girardi has been offered the job.

''There was absolutely no job offered anywhere,'' one high-ranking Marlins official told the Miami Herald.

Girardi spent 15 years as a major-league catcher, then went into
broadcasting in 2004. He came out of the booth to join the Yankees'
staff this season.

When asked how eager Girardi is to become a manager now, Mandell
said, "He has a desire to be a manager if the right situation
comes along."

Girardi, who met informally last week with
Loria, this time talked for two hours with Loria, general manager
Larry Beinfest and assistant general manager Mike Hill. On Tuesday
the Marlins interviewed Atlanta Braves bench coach Fredi Gonzalez
and Oakland Athletics third-base coach Ron Washington.

Florida is expected to interview Tampa Bay coaches Billy Hatcher
and Tom Foley, but Girardi and Gonzalez, who spent 10 years in the
Marlins' organization, are considered front-runners for the job.

The Marlins seek a successor to McKeon, who led them to the
World Series title in 2003 but resigned after the team finished
83-79 this year.

Tampa Bay released manager Lou Piniella from the final season of
his four-year contract.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.