Via Mark Feinsand -
Hal Steinbrenner wants Derek Jeter back in pinstripes next season. Just not at any cost.
The Yankees’ managing general partner did a pair of radio interviews Tuesday, and while Steinbrenner seemed most eager to defend his fans in the wake of Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg’s unprompted attack on Monday, his words about the Yankees’ captain stood out.
“He’s one of the greatest Yankees in history; no doubt about it,” Steinbrenner said on WFAN. “But at the same time, I’m running a business. I have responsibilities.
“Hank and I are responsible to our partners, so we have to remain somewhat objective. I want to get a deal done that he’s happy with, but also that I’m happy with.”
During his interview on 1050 ESPN Radio, Steinbrenner acknowledged that drawing a line in the sand with a player of iconic stature such as Jeter can be risky.
“There’s always the possibility that things could get messy,” Steinbrenner said. “Our fans are very emotional, and that’s what we love about them, but I’ve got to try to do my job on behalf of the partnership and everybody involved in the organization. Hank and I need to keep a level head and realize that we’re running a business here.”