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Cashman vetoed on Soriano signing

Posted on: January 19, 2011 1:56 pm
Brian Cashman The signing of Rafael Soriano didn't seem like a Brian Cashman move -- especially after he'd said publicly he wasn't going to do it -- and now it's official. At Wednesday's press conference, Cashman admitted it was Hal Steinbrenner's call to sign the Rays closer.

"I didn't recommend it just because I just didn't think it was an efficient way to allocate the remaining resources we had," Cashman said (via the New York Times ) . "We had a lot of debate about it. Like everything on the free-agent market and trade market, you discuss it, make your recommendations to ownership, and they choose what direction they prefer to go given the circumstances. My preferece was waiting. They obviously acted, and we are better."

Steibrenner, apparently, was the one willing to shell out a the three-year, $35 million contract to Soriano, who will serve as a set-up man to Mariano Rivera. Cashman said he didn't feel Steinbrenner's veto was a challenge to his power.

"I think it's certainly a sign at times if Hal wants to go different directions that could happen," Cashman said. "I think that's certainly the case. This is their team. Does that happen often? Will it happen a lot? I just think it depends on the circumstances what the comfort level is taking place at the time. Not to say it won't happen again, not to say it will. It's hard to say."

The biggest issue was the fact Soriano is a Type A free agent, meaning the Yankees must give up their first-round pick to the Rays as compensation. The 2011 draft is seen as one of the deepest in years. Cashman said he didn't want to give up that pick for a set-up man. He was willing to give it up for Cliff Lee.

"I think 29 clubs would love to have Rafael Soriano thrown down their throats," Cashman said (via ).

Team president Randy Levine told that there is no rift in the organization and the team is happy with Cashman, there was just a difference of opinion and in the end, the ones who sign the check have the last word.

"Cash is the best general manager in the game," Levine said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2011 9:01 am

Cashman vetoed on Soriano signing

jim- I couldn't agree with you more.I'm tired of this bottom feeding shopping at the Goodwill mentality (Winn,Jones).The haters are always going to hate and rant about payroll and salary caps.Who cares.The Steinbrenners should have stepped in regarding Cliff Lee as well.There was no plan B,and I'm not sure Lee should have been plan A to begin with.There are other needs.Crawford should have been priority #1.Anyone who thinks he would not have been an upgrade over what they have now doesn't know baseball.I am not a Swisher fan,and I still don't believe that Gardner is anything more than a role player.The offense isn't as good as a lot of people seem to think.The clutch/situational hitting is abysmal most of the time.They take a lot of pitches,but they don't play small ball or do the little things all that well.I like the Soriano signing,but there is still work to do.Without more changes,I don't see another ring in 2011.

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2011 2:51 pm

Cashman vetoed on Soriano signing

Aparently, the Stienbrener's do read what is being bloged about them. Nice move with Soriano! Now, let's forget about Petty and get a couple of decent starters. It takes time to develop players from the farm. Let's get the two pieces necessary to win a championship, before the rest of the team need rocking chairs. You can't sit on your hands and let all the other teams scarf up the decent pitchers out there, and hope to get a deal on what's left over. If this attitude continues, the team will go back to pre-Stienbrener days.

Perhaps they need to dump Cashman, and get a GM who is willing to go back to the Stienbrener boys for more money. Forget public opinion. If you have it, flaunt it. Spend the bucks to get the players. How much money do you earn if the fans lose interest in the team? Many people watch the Yankees because they are winners. If they start pinching pennies, they'll lose games, and fans.

The Yankees are the team that keep baseball going. How are many of the other teams going to be subsidized, if the Yankees don't go over the cap? 

Let's get the Yankees back in the World Series, and get the TV ratings back to where they should be for watching it. Spend, spend, spend, and win, win, win!  


Since: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2011 2:35 pm

Cashman vetoed on Soriano signing

Very high-priced set-up man! Rivera nearing the end I suppose, but wow that's a lot of money for an 8th inning guy. A great insurance policy that's for sure! What Hal wants, Hal gets!

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2011 2:20 pm

Cashman vetoed on Soriano signing

Soriano isn't worth the money. History shows he pitches better when he has 1 year deals. if he finally realizes he need to pitch in the non contract years he should be fine

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