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Yankees GM Brian Cashman expresses disapproval with Rafael Soriano signing

01.19.11 at 6:48 pm ET

Earlier this week, the Yankees signed former Rays closer Rafael Soriano to be the setup man in the Yankees bullpen for longtime closer Mariano Rivera. On Wednesday, general manager Brian Cashman said that he did not approve of the signing, because it made no sense to pay the amount of money typically given to a closer for a setup man, ESPN reports.

‘€œI didn’€™t recommend [the deal],’€ Cashman said after the team introduced Soriano as their designated ‘€œeighth-inning man.’€ Cashman said that his feelings are not against the 31-year-old reliever, but the fact that he would have preferred a more patient approach when considering the $200 million payroll.

Team president Randy Levine said that the club is running a $5 billion business, and there is a ‘€œsacred obligation’€ to the organization’€™s fans. Levine did the majority of negotiations with Soriano’€™s agent, Scott Boras. The deal the two sides agreed on is for three years, worth $35 million that includes player opt-outs after each of the first two seasons.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he considers Soriano his eighth-inning closer, and Rivera his ninth-inning closer.

Levine and Cashman both dismissed the idea of any potential rifts within the organization’€™s front office.

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