“I don’t feel that this organization is ready to do something like that,” Steinbrenner said on the Michael Kay Show. “No, I do not. I know that’s a number that’s out there right now. We’ll see if he gets it, how much he wants to be in New York, but I can promise you it’s going to be a very, very solid offer that we do make because we’re going to try. We’re going to try the best we can to keep him.”
The bulk of Steinbrenner’s interview with Kay was essentially the same as his previous interview with Mike Francesa, but he did talk a little more about the Cano negotiations in this second radio appearance, making it clear that he does not view Cano has a must-have player.
“I’m optimistic,” Steinbrenner said. “I know we’re going to make him a very, very good offer. Is anybody an absolute, must-sign? No. It’s nothing against Robbie, but that’s just not reasonable to assume that about anybody. We’re going to do what we can, and we’ve certainly conveyed to Robbie that we want him back, we want him to be a career Yankee, and we’ll just have to see what transpires here.”
Steinbrenner repeated his comments about getting below $189 million (“a very serious goal”), the struggles of the minor league system (“we’ve got some concerns”) and negotiations with Joe Girardi (“my guess is it’s going to be done, one way or the other, relatively shortly”). Just like Francesa, Kay asked for Steinbrenner’s reaction to diminished attendance and ratings.
“I always felt somewhat disappointed for the players, because there were a lot of great stories on that club,” Steinbrenner said. “… That’s just New York, and I think there were a lot of faces people didn’t recognize, names people didn’t recognize too, I’m sure. And it did have an impact.”
Steinbrenner declined to give a cutoff date for the Girardi negotiations, but said he has not begun to make a list of possible replacements as manager.
“We haven’t even talked about it yet,” he said.
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