Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner made the rounds on New York radio on Tuesday and said the team would keep its payroll about the same as 2010 and its top priority is signing Cliff Lee.
From the Star-Ledger 's Marc Carig , who listened to talk radio so we didn't have to, here's what Steinbrenner had to say:
• On payroll: "I can safely say we're going to stay within the same level. I'm obviously not going to get into details. But we know we're expected to field a championship-caliber team and we're going to do what it takes to do that. So, if we have to get creative in a trade, or if we have to go out for a big free agent, we're going to do that."
• Steinbrenner said the team has already reached out to the agents for free agent Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera.
• On the apology from Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg, he said Greenberg to him his remarks were "ridiculous, if not stupid."
UPDATE: The Daily News ' Mark Feinsand has more , including this nugget about re-signing Jeter: "How long that takes might be frustrating for the fans. Maybe it won’t be. We definitely want them back. There’s no doubt."
Feinsand noted Steinbrenner said negotiations with Jeter "could get messy."
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