Cashman says Hal ordered Soriano deal

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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