Brian Cashman: Signing Rafael Soriano Was Ownership's Call
So what changed? In short, the influence of ownership.
Speaking at Soriano's introductory press conference Wednesday, Cashman explained that it was ultimately co-chairman Hal Steinbrenner who decided to bring in the former Rays closer.
"I just didn't think it was an efficient way to allocate our remaining resources," he told reporters.
Cashman added: "We are better in 2011 for this. ... Twenty-nine GMs would love to have their owners force Rafael Soriano down their throat."
In short, Cashman's job as GM is to do the best thing for the Yankees' long-term future. Unfortunately, that doesn't always mesh with New York's short-term needs, like, say, justifying the exorbitant ticket prices at the new Yankee Stadium by qualifying for the postseason every year.
There's little doubt that the Yankees have improved themselves for 2011 with Soriano in the fold -- Cashman admitted as much. As for what it means beyond next year, we'll just have to wait and see.