From Joel Sherman -
Hank Steinbrenner has continued to suggest the Yanks are in play for Santana, and a sense has percolated of a tug-of-war between Steinbrenner’s willingness to surrender top youngsters and GM Brian Cashman’s reluctance. But multiple sources say the media has focused on the wrong son of George Steinbrenner. These sources say Hal Steinbrenner is most responsible for dictating financial policy and does not want to spend the dollars in salary and luxury tax (nearly $30 million annually) necessary for Santana.
This makes me think of what I wrote back on July 8, 2005 – yes, in 2005:
My biggest fear: After George, this thing becomes something like the Wellington and Tim Marra situation and it becomes so ugly and dysfunctional that it impacts the team in a negative way – and the Yankees become like the football Giants (meaning a team with a great and devoted fan-base, lots of revenue, but one that rarely has the best team in the league or wins).
So, is this Santana speed bump the first sign of the Brothers Big Stein pulling a Marra?