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Mark Teixeira

Yankees still moving toward path to win without luxury tax

Hal Steinbrenner keeps saying that a $200 million payroll shouldn't be necessary to win a World Series title. And the New York Yankees owner, whose team exceeded that number again this season, keeps getting proven right.

The Kansas City Royals, with a payroll of about $128 million, won their second straight AL pennant and first World Series since 1985.

Steinbrenner said Wednesday that the Yankees are finally starting to get the influx of homegrown young talent into the big leagues that will eventually help them get their payroll below the luxury tax threshold and still win games. But it takes patience to watch and let those youngsters develop.

"It's not easy to...