Hal Steinbrenner is fighting back against those who are slamming the New York Yankees offseason and he does not hold back.
As far as the New York Yankees go, their offseason, on paper, has put them in the ranks to win the AL East. But in the eyes of the fans, Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman have a long way to go before a championship team emerges from the roster they’ve built.
That roster is missing a big piece, either by the name of Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, and that has fans in an absolute tizzy. So naturally, the haters have been out in full force both on social media and in person.
It’s about time for Steinbrenner to take it like a man and speak up against the haters. And that’s exactly what he did on Thursday afternoon at an owner’s meeting in Orlando, FL.
“If there’s a narrative that we’re spending money and being cheap, it’s just false,” Steinbrenner told reporters via Katherine Acquavella of CBSSports.com.
So here comes Steinbrenner, ready to fire back at everyone who doubts him. Because while he may not have netted the big fish, Steinbrenner still got a lot done in an offseason that wasn’t all that intriguing.
“We did everything we wanted to do to really improve, again, the pitching, because that’s where I wanted improvement,” Steinbrenner told reporters.
He’s not wrong. The Yankees were able to trade for James Paxton and ink J.A. Happ to a short-term deal to help solidify the rotation. The addition of DJ LeMahieu may have eliminated any hope of a Machado sighting in the Bronx but it helped bring in a great utility player. The Yankees also added a significant arm to the bullpen in Adam Ottavino.
Can we really hate him for that?
When you put it that way, you can’t. Hal Steinbrenner and the front office did their job. Was it splashy? No. But was it effective? It certainly looks like it.