Joe Girardi’s return as manager of the New York Yankees was all about family.
Girardi signed a four-year contract that could be worth up to $20 million Wednesday to stay with New York through 2017.
With the Yankees missing out on the playoffs this season for the second time in 19 years, the 48-year-old Girardi got an early start on determining his future. He went over several possible scenarios with his wife, Kim, and three children but they quickly came to the conclusion that six years in New York was not enough.
‘‘It wasn’t ever a lot of thought that I might not possibly come back. I just had to make sure that everyone was still on board,’’ Girardi said on a conference call. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.