GM Brian Cashman was overruled by ownership during the acquisition of Alfonso Soriano, according to the New York Post.
“I would say we are in a desperate time,” Cashman told the Post. “Ownership wants to go for it. I didn’t want to give up a young arm [Corey Black]. But I understand the desperate need we have for offense. And Soriano will help us. The bottom line is this guy makes us better. Did ownership want him? Absolutely, yes. Does he make us better? Absolutely, yes. This is what Hal (Steinbrenner) wants, and this is why we are doing it.”
The Yankees have been hit hard by injuries this year – especially on offense. First baseman Mark Teixeira is out of the season after undergoing wrist surgery. Ankle surgery has limited Derek Jeter to one game this season, but he is in the starting lineup Sunday, and Alex Rodriguez has yet to play this season thanks to hip surgery and a quad strain.
Soriano, who began his big league career with the Yankees, displayed an impressive combination of power and speed in New York, falling one homer short of a 40-40 season in 2002 – his second full season in the majors.