(NEW YORK) — The New York Yankees were in desperate need of offense, so they traded for outfielder Alfonso Soriano. If it were up to general manager Brian Cashman though, the trade never would have happened.
“I didn’t want to give up [Single-A] pitcher Corey Black, but I didn’t nix the Soriano deal,” Cashman told ESPN New York. “I did not want to do Corey Black. We had been negotiating with the Cubs for a long time. They wanted something more a week earlier and ownership, obviously, in our discussions [felt] we needed to do something.”
Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner actually ordered Cashman to trade for Soriano, even though Cashman wanted to be more patient before making a move. The New York Post recently reported that Cashman had refused to do the deal intially until he was ordered by Steinbrenner to go through with it.
This is not the first time Cashman has disagreed with ownership about a personnel move. When the Yankees signed Rafael Soriano in 2011, Cashman didn’t want to make the deal. In 2007, Cashman also advised that the team not resign Alex Rodriguez if he opted out of his deal. Rodriguez opted out and was resigned despite Cashman’s pleas.
This season, the Yankees rank 22nd in Major League Baseball in runs, 23rd in batting average, and 25th in on-base-percentage.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN