Hal Steinbrenner took to the airwaves on Tuesday to detail his vision of the Yankees’ future, one he said won’t include the kind of megadeal Robinson Cano is reportedly seeking.
“I don’t feel this organization is ready to do something like that,” Steinbrenner said on ESPN Radio’s The Michael Kay Show of the 10-year, $300-million-plus contract sources say the second baseman has asked for.
Steinbrenner said the organization very much wants Cano back, as general manager Brian Cashman said last week, but not at any cost.
“It sounds like he wants to go out and test the market and talk to whoever he needs or wants to talk to, and that’s not unusual, of course,” the Yankees’ managing general partner said during a WFAN interview with Mike Francesa. “We want him back. He knows that. And within reason, we’re going to do everything we can to make sure that happens, but time will tell.”
While Hal spoke to various outlets, his older brother, Hank, spoke outside George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa to Newsday and the Associated Press.
Hank Steinbrenner addressed many of the same topics Hal did, including the stated organizational goal of bringing payroll to $189 million this offseason in order to avoid a huge luxury-tax hit.
Scioscia returning to LA
Manager Mike Scioscia and general manager Jerry Dipoto are returning to the Los Angeles Angels next year after the club’s worst season in a decade.
The Angels announced Tuesday night that hitting coach Jim Eppard and bench coach Rob Picciolo will not return in 2014, but Scioscia and Dipoto say they’ve been retained by owner Arte Moreno.
Eppard became the Angels’ hitting coach early in the 2012 season when Dipoto fired Mickey Hatcher, Scioscia’s longtime assistant.
Picciolo had been Scioscia’s bench coach for three seasons. Scioscia says third base coach Dino Ebel will be promoted to bench coach for next season.
The Angels missed the playoffs for the fourth straight season at 78-84.
Bowa joins Sandberg
Linked together in one of the worst trades in franchise history, Larry Bowa and Ryne Sandberg now will be working in the same dugout trying to restore the Philadelphia Phillies’ winning ways.
Bowa, a former Phillies manager and shortstop, returned to the team Tuesday to serve as bench coach under Sandberg. The two infielders were traded to the Chicago Cubs in 1981 for shortstop Ivan DeJesus. Sandberg, a throw-in at the time, went on to become a Hall of Fame second baseman.
“We go back a long ways,” Sandberg said. “He’ll be a terrific guy by my side. I have a high level of comfort with him. With his baseball background, as a baseball man, he’s top notch.”
Sweeney staying with Cubs
Ryan Sweeney is staying with the Chicago Cubs after agreeing to a $3.5 million, two-year contract that includes a club option for 2016.
A person familiar with the situation says Sweeney is due $1.5 million in 2014 and 2015, with the Cubs holding a $2.5 million option for 2016 with a $500,000 buyout.