New York Yankees Owner Hal Steinbrenner Calls 2013 “Disappointing”
New York Yankees principal owner Hal Steinbrenner took to the radio today to discuss the issues surrounding team, mentioning he was “disappointed” by the Yankees’ performance this season, but reiterated several times that the Yankees are not going to break the bank this offseason to make it back to the playoffs in 2014.
“It’s important, and it’s certainly a goal we take seriously,” Steinbrenner said during an interview on WFAN earlier in the day, referring to the team’s goal to get payroll under $189M, and added, “But not at the expense of a championship-caliber club.”
Slimming down the team’s payroll is a goal that the Yankees have been working towards since the start of spring training in 2012. General Manager Brian Cashman also mentioned several times during his “State of the Yankees” address a couple weeks ago that he would like to scale back on the team’s spending.
Hal stressed the importance of the Yankees guys like Michael Pineda, David Phelps, and the rest of the youngers needing to step up for the team and try to perform at the level they are capable of – basically saying, the Yanks need them to be good, so they don’t have to over pay in free agency for players.
On another note:
Earlier in the day, it was reported that Joe Girardi, currently has an offer on the table from the team for what is believed to be in the three-year, $12-$15 million range, is currently “torn” between the Yankees and the Chicago Cubs, who have been sending messages to Girardi “through back-channels”. The Yankees are going to give Girardi all the time he needs to make a decision, but Steinbrenner is hoping that something is decided “sooner rather than later”.
I don’t want to speak for him, but I think we both agree this needs to be done quickly, because, quite frankly, we’re going to be starting our baseball meetings, as we always do, soon, and we want the manager, whoever that is — hopefully Joe — to be a big part of that.[/quote]
Steinbrenner also added:
[quote]I talked to Joe on two different occasions, I made it clear to him that I do want him back. We think — my family thinks — he did a great job this season, given everything that happened. We’re going to try to work something out. We’re going to try to work on a deal that’s fair for both of us, and acceptable.
Of course, Girardi isn’t the only big name from the Yankees that is hitting free agency. Robinson Cano, who reportedly asked the Yankees for a deal in the range of ten-years, $305 million will also become available should the Yankees not reach an agreement with the second baseman before the off-season begins. Steinbrenner said that the Yankees aren’t willing to give ten-years to any player at this point, and he made it clear that the team is going to go after Cano in a different way than they’re pursuing Girardi.
[quote] It sounds like he wants to go out and test the market, and talk to whoever he needs or wants to talk to and that’s not unusual, of course. We want him back. He knows that. Within reason, we’re going to do everything we can to make sure that happens. But time will tell [/quote]
While the Yankees truly do want their best player back, Hal said that the team will do what it can “within reason” to bring Cano back to the Bronx.
If Cano isn’t coming back next season, then the Yankees will need to rely once again on the unreliable farm system, if the team is unable to sign a free agent. Steinbrenner says that the Yanks will gather together to pinpoint the problem in their player development system, and will do what it takes to fix it.
Some of the players in the minor leagues who we were hoping would contribute in a big way really didn’t. We’ve certainly got some issues there that we’re looking at…We’re going to do what we need to do to make it better, I can assure you of that. We’re going to get to the bottom of it because everybody knows it’s unacceptable.
The Yankees will have a long offseason ahead of them, and there is a lot of things for this team to take care of. All this week and into next, I’ll be doing position breakdowns on the Yankees, mentioning who they could target at that position. So stay tuned, and follow @GavinEwbank2013 on for any news on Girardi, Cano, and all things Yankees.