This afternoon the Yankees held a press conference to announce their new relief pitcher Rafael Soriano. Here are a few notes from that conference:
Yankees GM Brian Cashman acknowledges he did not recommend signing of Soriano. Says final call was Hal Steinbrenner’s. Cashman: “I just didn’t think it was an efficient way to allocate our remaining resources.”
“Its not my team. I don’t own it. They do…In any job you better be prepared for every decision to not go your way,” Cashman said. “I think 29 other GMs would love to have their owner shove Rafael Soriano down their throat.”
Cashman: “Joba is a bullpen guy, for the 200th time.”
“It’s a difficult market to choose from. Listen, if you’re still on the board, there’s a reason for it,” said Cashman. “The starter might have to come from within. Hopefully we have some of these young kids answer the bell for us.”
Cashman also spoke about Pavano as well, but we’ve already covered that. Joe Girardi confirmed that Andy Pettitte has been working out, but said that he still hasn’t made up his mind on whether or not he will play in 2011.