Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 1/10/13
Hal Steinbrenner has made it clear that the New York Yankees are steadfast in getting the team's payroll under $189 million by the 2014 season — even if it means not re-signing valuable Yankees players and passing on desirable high-profile free agents. Much to the chagrin of longtime Bronx Bomber fans, Hal and his brother Hank are committed to showing everyone these ain't their daddy's Yankees. But, as Hal left the  Major League Baseball owner's meeting in Arizona Thursday, the Yankees' managing general partner insisted that trimming the payroll will occur only if the Yankees can still contend for a title while doing so. “All I can continue to tell everyone is our commitment to the fans is never going to change,” Steinbrenner said. “We will always field a championship-caliber team. Is our goal 189 next year? Yes. But only if I’m convinced if the team I see, that we’ve put together, is a championship-caliber team.” Asked if that meant the $189 million luxury tax threshold
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