Hal a winner? Time to get Tanaka

To show Yanks fans he cares, Baby Boss must put his money where his mouth is

Updated: January 7, 2014, 11:37 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

Masahiro Tanaka will settle it for Hal Steinbrenner and his customers once and for all. If the New York Yankees spend like mad to sign the Japanese star, blowing up their plans for fiscal restraint, the fans will accept Hal as a worthy successor to his old man.

And if the Yanks don't, their fans won't. Hal has said he will only approve a payroll below the $189 million luxury-tax threshold -- and the tens upon tens of millions in savings such a budget would bring -- if he was confident it ...

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