Via the Associated Press:
“As much as we want to keep everybody, we’ve already made these guys very, very rich, and I don’t feel we owe anybody anything monetarily,” the Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner said Tuesday. “Some of these players are wealthier than their bosses.”
Things have officially gotten messy. The Yankees have a budget and as great as it would be like to give Derek Jeter a boat load of money, the more money they spend on him cuts into the team’s buget. It’s not going to keep them from getting Cliff Lee, but it could effect other parts of the team. Maybe that bench player or reliever that could put them over the edge becomes too expensive.
With that being said, I feel like Hank should keep his mouth shut. He did enough to put the Yankees in this mess by giving Alex Rodriguez a 10-year contract that will pay him until he’s 42. Now Jeter is just lining up and saying ‘thank you sir may I have another.’
Brian Cashman should handle this and he should probably be the only one to handle this. If the Yankees feel like a comment from somebody above Cashman is necessary, Hal Steinbrenner is more than capable of handling that.