• Hal Stein On A-Rod, Youk, Cano & Payroll

    Posted by on February 8th, 2013 · Comments (13)

    Via the AP

    Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said that he’s concerned about the latest drug allegations swirling around third baseman Alex Rodriguez, but that the matter is being looked at by Major League Baseball.

    The Miami New Times reported late last month that the three-time American League MVP bought human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing substances in recent years from Biogenesis of America LLC, a now-closed clinic in Coral Cables, near Rodriguez’s offseason home.

    Speaking on Friday at the Yankees’ minor-league complex, Steinbrenner said that the situation is “a concern, but it’s out of our hands.”

    “We will cooperate with MLB in any way we can, any way we’re asked to,” he said. “But other than that, there’s not much to say. I don’t know any more than you do.”

    Rodriguez has denied the allegations. He admitted four years ago that he used PEDs from 2001-03.

    The Yankees signed one-time Boston Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis to fill in for Rodriguez, who is sidelined for at least the first half of the season after undergoing hip surgery on Jan. 16. General manager Brian Cashman told WFAN last month that there’s a chance A-Rod could miss the entire season.

    “I’ve always liked Kevin,” Steinbrenner said. “He always seemed like a good leader, a hard worker and a very enthusiastic — loves the game — kind of guy. And that’s the kind of guy we want.”

    Steinbrenner addressed a number of other topics, including the contract status of second baseman Robinson Cano, a potential free agent after the upcoming season.

    “There’s been a conversation or two,” Steinbrenner said. “We’ll get into that, and we’ll talk about that at a later date. But he’s obviously been a great Yankee, and (I) hope he’s here his entire career.”

    Steinbrenner feels that the Yankees have a “championship-caliber team” this season. He acknowledged that the club is sometimes criticized for fielding an older roster, but he likes its experience, “assuming we can stay away from injuries.”

    “We’ve got a lot of good veterans on the team, and we’ve got some good young players as well,” Steinbrenner said. “That’s always the mix that I want to shoot for. I like our team, but where we end up in October (is) anybody’s guess.”

    The Yankees are still looking to reduce the 2014 payroll to the $189 million luxury tax threshold.

    “All I can assure the fans is, we’re always going to field a championship-caliber team every single year,” Steinbrenner said. “Is that our goal next year? Yes, to be at that number, that’s our goal. But as I’ve said from the beginning, it depends on some of our young players stepping up and getting the job done. That has to happen, or it’s going to be difficult.”

    The Yankees re-signed a number of their own free agents, including pitchers Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Hiroki Kuroda, but were less active than in many previous years for outside free agents.

    “I think we have some good signings, and I think we did our fair share in the offseason,” Steinbrenner said. “(We have a) similar payroll to last year. (It) shows we want to win.”

    …Is that our goal next year? Yes, to be at that number, that’s our goal. But as I’ve said from the beginning, it depends on some of our young players stepping up and getting the job done. That has to happen, or it’s going to be difficult…

    And, if the young players are not there to step up, will anyone be held accountable for it?

    Comments on Hal Stein On A-Rod, Youk, Cano & Payroll

    1. February 8th, 2013 | 6:46 pm

      Yawn. There is more life in a wax museum than in these answers. The sooner the Steinbrenners sell the better.

    2. February 8th, 2013 | 7:37 pm

      Joseph Maloney wrote:

      Yawn. There is more life in a wax museum than in these answers. The sooner the Steinbrenners sell the better.

      I hear you. But, I do fear someone like Loria getting the team too. Granted, given the price, that’s not likely to happen. I would imagine whomever takes it will be like the group that bought the Dodgers.

    3. rankdog
      February 9th, 2013 | 3:30 am

      Please let it be Mark Cuban.

    4. February 9th, 2013 | 8:47 am

      rankdog wrote:

      Please let it be Mark Cuban.

      Baseball won’t let him in. IIRC, I think he tried with the Cubs and Dodgers.

    5. MJ Recanati
      February 9th, 2013 | 9:57 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      Baseball won’t let him in. IIRC, I think he tried with the Cubs and Dodgers.

      Steve’s right. Bud Selig only wants insiders and sycophants. Mark Cuban is his own man, has no connection to any current MLB owners (where future owners are always culled from) and will absolutely not kiss the ring of Selig or his cronies.

      The future owners of the Yankees — if/when the team is sold — will be a group of people that are currently connected to the game.

    6. MJ Recanati
      February 9th, 2013 | 9:59 am

      Joseph Maloney wrote:

      Yawn. There is more life in a wax museum than in these answers. The sooner the Steinbrenners sell the better.

      What would you want them to say?

      Be careful what you wish for in terms of wishing the Steinbrenners gone. It’s likely that the next owners will be less generous with their checkbook than this family has been.

    7. February 9th, 2013 | 4:04 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      Joseph Maloney wrote:Yawn. There is more life in a wax museum than in these answers. The sooner the Steinbrenners sell the better. What would you want them to say?Be careful what you wish for in terms of wishing the Steinbrenners gone. It’s likely that the next owners will be less generous with their checkbook than this family has been.

      I believe the Yankees are being shopped discreetly, there is just too much money on the table, too many separate interests, and owning the team was George’s dream. Three years from now the team will have new ownership, until that time we are circling the airport. The team’s on field performance will have virtually no effect on its value so we are about to repeat history, the history we are about to repeat is the dog days of the late 60′s. Hal will tread water, hoping the team can maintain itself at somewhere around 90 victories. If the Yanks do fine, if not it will be some pr guy’s job to make sure Hal says all the right things without saying much of anything.

    8. rankdog
      February 10th, 2013 | 12:41 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      rankdog wrote:
      Please let it be Mark Cuban.
      Baseball won’t let him in. IIRC, I think he tried with the Cubs and Dodgers.

      Selig is out soon right?

    9. February 10th, 2013 | 8:09 am

      @ rankdog:
      Selig is just a puppet front man for the rest of the owners. It’s a country club. They only let in people who are like them and who will fit in, etc. That’s why you see some many teams going to guys who were once minority owners on other teams. They don’t want any roosters in the hen house. Bis Stein may have been the last wild man to get in…and even he needed to get in via a Trojan Horse.

    10. Raf
      February 10th, 2013 | 9:54 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      Bis Stein may have been the last wild man to get in…and even he needed to get in via a Trojan Horse.

      Define “wild man.” You look at guys like Loria, Moreno, Angelos and Sternberg who all have different methods & styles. I can’t see Cuban worse than some of the other owners in the game, presently or historically.

      Cuban certainly is an interesting character, I’ve been pretty impressed with his run on “Shark Tank.”

    11. rankdog
      February 11th, 2013 | 4:22 am

      Steve is right, Cuban did try to buy in twice before (Rangers, Cubs). He had the highest bid for the Cubs but didn’t even make the final 5 buyers. He also had the highest bid on the Rangers in the bankruptcy auction but the Greenberg-Ryan group won because it was the group endorsed by MLB owners.

      I am still holding out hope that he buys the Yankees and not James friggin Dolan.

    12. MJ Recanati
      February 11th, 2013 | 9:28 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      Selig is just a puppet front man for the rest of the owners.

      I don’t agree with this at all. Selig has his cronies and his insiders but I don’t believe they manipulate him. He governs with his friends and his (and their) interests in mind but I don’t believe they manipulate him.

    13. MJ Recanati
      February 11th, 2013 | 9:41 am

      rankdog wrote:

      I am still holding out hope that [Cuban] buys the Yankees and not James friggin Dolan.

      No chance that MLB lets Cuban into the club.

      I agree that we should all pray that Jim Dolan doesn’t end up owning the Yankees either. Ditto Donald Trump. Either one would be a disaster.

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