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Back in New York after catching the red-eye from Las Vegas. In case you’re wondering, chalk these Winter Meetings up as a big ‘L’ for me at the tables … but more importantly, a huge ‘W’ for the Yankees. CC Sabathia is in the fold, the talks are still warm for Mike Cameron, and here’s a note we just put up over on the MLB Hot Stove blog:
Hal Steinbrenner is optimistic that A.J. Burnett will soon join the New York Yankees’ rotation behind CC Sabathia, accomplishing the club’s primary objective of upgrading their starting pitching.
The Yankees co-chairman told Newsday in a telephone interview Friday that Burnett – who is said to be in decision-making mode – could soon accept the Yankees’ five-year, $80 million offer.
“We’re interested in him and he’s interested in us,” Steinbrenner told the newspaper. “Obviously, New York has a lot to offer, and playing for the Yankees is just a great thing.”
The Atlanta Braves are pushing to acquire Burnett and are prepared to provide a similar offer, and agent Darek Braunecker said that a third unidentified team could serve as a potential suitor.
If you were sitting in the press dining room this morning, your meal would have been interrupted by eight reporters charging through to try and catch Hal Steinbrenner on his way up to the elevators. Luckily for us, Hal slowed down and spent five minutes discussing various issues around the team, fresh from spending an hour with Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi.
Steinbrenner visits Girardi’s office every other week to touch on matters, but with July 31st right around the corner, you’d better believe trades were discussed behind closed doors. Here’s some of the highlights:
On current plans: “Right now we’re trying to get everybody healthy. We’re trying to get the guys that aren’t healthy back into the lineup, and we’re trying to win a championship. We’re analyzing trades and not getting into that [the offseason] yet. … I want a good mix, and Hank wants a good mix, of youth and veterans to mentor the youth. That’s the way it has to be.”
Disappointing season so far?: “There’s been times that the hitting has been disappointing to all of us. There’s been times that the starting pitching has been disappointing. There’s no doubt that the young pitchers at the beginning of the year, it was upsetting at times. It wasn’t what we thought and it didn’t go the way we thought it would go. That’s the way it is – we’re highly confident in (Ian) Kennedy and (Phil) Hughes and that they’re going to come back strong when they do come back.”
On plans for ’09: “This is New York and the fans deserve a team with marquee players. We all understand that. I think where we want to end up is a tremendous mix of young talent and veterans. The veterans, the free agents, they cost money, and we realize that. We are going to have a lot of money coming off the payroll, and that’s going to give us some options. Believe me, we’re going to use a good portion of it to get this city the team it deserves and to try to improve in the areas that we need.”
And on those pesky upstart Rays: “I’m hearing my fair share of all that. They’re just a great team. They’re going to be tough and they’re going to be in there until the end, I’m sure, and for many years to come. We’ve got another good rival to worry about in the division.”
While Hank Steinbrenner was spurring the Yankees on to their biggest offensive showing of the season, delivering the wake-up equivalent of a Starbucks doubleshot espresso, Hal Steinbrenner was calmly and coolly sitting down with MLB.com in Tampa.
Here’s a snippet concerning pricing at the new Stadium, where they’ll be 53,000 seats pointed toward the action in 2009:
“I see in the papers all the time about the 180 Legends Seats that are
so expensive,” he said. “But they don’t talk about the fact that half
of the seats in the stadium are $45 or less; that the entire top level
is $20-$25 seats, and the bleacher seats are $12. We wanted to make
sure that the average family can afford to go there and that’s the way
it’s going to be.”
Also, Hal says that the Yankees’ baseball engine has not been a money-maker in recent years. That’s believable, since the club has been subject to large revenue sharing spillage, but the organization’s other ventures like the YES Network have been quite lucrative.
The full article can be found here.