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Yankees' front office split

Be sure to read Sunday's Inside Baseball column discussing the big contract the Yankees have given to Tampa Bay closer Rafael Soriano, who will now be Mariano Rivera's setup man. I felt there was no question this move was orchestrated by the Steinbrenners over the wishes of GM Brian Cashman, who said just last week he was not giving up his No. 1 draft pick for any free agent other than Cliff Lee.

That was the scuttlebutt that was coming out of New York and the Daily News appears to completely confirm that suspicion with this story in Saturday's editions. Hal Steinbrenner was uncomfortable with just Joba Chamberlain ahead of Rivera, especially with what looks like a thin rotation, so he plowed ahead and made sure Soriano was signed. Interesting stuff.

They say Cashman has lost no power. We'll see. And we'll see if Cashman starts to wonder if his days in New York are numbered if he gets overruled like this.

---Mike Harrington


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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