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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
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington) 

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