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“I don’t think it has anything to do with age,” he added. “I don’t think it has anything to do with type of hitters that were in there. You had guys who were contact hitters who went cold, guys who were home run hitters who went cold and guys who were a combination of both who went cold.”

Hank Steinbrenner said the team remains committed to lowering its payroll by 2014 to get under the $189 million threshold for the luxury tax, which uses average annual values. Under baseball’s new labor contract, teams under the threshold that pay revenue sharing money would get some of those dollars back.

“We’ll still do more than any other team would do to win, but at some point with the new rules it’s going to become imperative to be a little more fiscally conservative,” he said. “That’s where we’ve got to rely on our young players, and we’ll still be able to get players when we need them now and then.”