Cashman says Hal ordered Soriano deal

July, 28, 2013
7/28/13
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NEW YORK -- Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner ordered general manager Brian Cashman to finalize the Alfonso Soriano trade, despite the fact Cashman wanted to be more patient in his negotiations with the Chicago Cubs.

"I didn't want to give up [Single-A pitcher] Corey Black, but I didn't nix the Soriano deal," Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com on Sunday. "I did not want to do Corey Black. We had been negotiating with the Cubs for a long time. They wanted something more a week earlier and ownership, obviously, in our discussions [felt] we needed to do something.

"They were like, 'Hey, we are not going to wait anymore to negotiate, we have to get this done now.'"

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Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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