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Yanks GM was not in favor of Soriano deal



cashman.Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he did not recommend the signing of former Rays reliever Rafael Soriano and even felt it was unwise to pay so much for an eighth-inning set-up guy. The Yankees held a news conference Wednesday to introduce Soriano, who signed a three-year deal worth $35-million.

After Wednesday's formal news conference, Cashman told reporters that Soriano is a great addition to the team, but was, perhaps, not the best way for the Yankees to spend their money.

"I'm charged with obviously winning a championship," Cashman said. "I'm charged with building a farm system. I'm charged with getting the payroll down, and this certainly will help us try to win a championship. There's no doubt about that, so that's in the plus column, but I didn't recommend it, just because I didn't think it was an efficient way to allocate the remaining resources we have, and we had a lot of debate about that.''

Click here to read more of Cashman's comments about the Soriano deal.

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 4:55pm]


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