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Brian Cashman is “not comfortable anymore” talking to Alex Rodriguez

Aug 18, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger that he is “not comfortable anymore” talking to Alex Rodriguez given the litigious nature of the third baseman’s interactions with the club lately. Rodriguez’s lawyers recently filed a grievance over the team’s medical treatment of Rodriguez dating back to the post-season last year. Cashman defended the medical staff and expressed shock at the entire situation, saying, “We’ve never had anything like this. This is my 16th year. I’ve never seen anything like this.”

More, from McCullough’s column:

“If you all remember, last year, just let’s turn the clock back again. We enter the playoffs. He finally gets healthy from the broken wrist. I think you guys – not us – you guys, the media, asked him how he feels going into the playoffs. He said he felt the best he’s ever felt, or something to that effect, correct?


“We have a whole level of medical staff. We have team doctors. We have team trainers. We have a strength and conditioning coach. We have chiropractors. All of which get their hands on this guy. All of which he interacts with, every single one of them has their own level of dedications with each off our players, that they provide services for. And they’re all the same. No complaints. Nothing.”

Cashman added that the entire situation involving Rodriguez is “definitely a distraction” and called it “frustrating”.

After this season, Rodriguez will still have four years and $86 million left on his contract extension signed in December 2007. Currently at 648 career home runs, he can earn an extra $6 million by reaching 660 home runs. His ability to hit 12 more home runs is highly in doubt as Major League Baseball levied a 211-game suspension against him for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, which he is currently appealing.

  1. sunsation3413 - Aug 18, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Just cut him loose and be done with it. You can afford it and it should be worth it to have all his BS go away

    • donshula - Aug 18, 2013 at 8:38 PM

      DFA the guy already.nobody will claim/sign him if he clears,let him collect his loot and be done with it.

      • fanofevilempire - Aug 19, 2013 at 7:43 AM

        you can’t do that, besides he only needs 11 more homers to get a 6 million dollar bonus, I want him to get that in a Yankee jersey, don’t you?

    • bigharold - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:04 PM

      “..cut him loose..” “..DFA the guy already…”

      Bill Madden is that you??

      That’s just stupid.

      Nobody can afford to throw away $100 million, .. not even the Yankees. Also, right now he’s the best 3B the Yankees have. You’d have a better luck getting the owners and players to chip in to pay off his contract and getting MLB to remove it from the Yankees salary for luxury tax purposes.

      A-Rod going away is not going to happen, too much money. And, A-Rod has no reason to go. He leaves now it’s apparent he was run off. At worst he going to do his 50 game suspension and be back next spring.

      • canislupislupis - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:54 AM

        Well, if he gets DFA’d, he won’t have any choice.

        But the Yankees should wait until after his suspension is served so they can save some money.

  2. paperlions - Aug 18, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    While this is all very annoying, I really can’t blame ARod for fighting back. All he did was use PEDs, he didn’t beat his wife, he didn’t drive drunk, or anything else….all he did was cheat….like 1000s of players before him, and there are now penalties in the JDA and CBA for what he did….rather than being handed those penalties by MLB, he has been set upon from all sides by “leaks” and “reports” from “sources” that are trying to make him public enemy #1 and by repeated rumors (which may not have been rumors at all) that the NYY are trying to find a why to void his contract…when all he did was cheat. Every owner of an MLB team has done worse to get where they are in business.

    Well, at some point he finally had enough and rather than let a continuous stream of anonymous sources drive the entire narrative in the media, he decided to fight back….and none of us know who is right, who is wrong, who is lying, and who is telling the truth (if anyone). Anything ARod lawyer says has just as much a chance of being correct as the “reports” from people who are not willing to put their names to it.

    • thebadguyswon - Aug 18, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      Its become absurd. I am rooting for A-Rod at this point. He cheated – yes. He deserves a suspension – yes. But…Selig went way over the line with 211 games and the way the Yankees insisted he “rehab” until Aug 5 was a joke. Everyone realizes they were gaming the system and hoping he’d be suspended and begin serving it immediately. Add that to Cashman’s STFU statement earlier – the very epitome of professionalism from a General Manager.

      • paperlions - Aug 18, 2013 at 8:49 PM

        Completely agree. I’m all for penalizing cheaters, but singling out one guy is why we have laws and rules….to prevent such things and to help ensure (although it generally fails miserably) equal treatment.

        I hope ARod’s suspension is reduced to the 50 games he deserves.

        I hope the sources of the leaks are outed and lose their jobs as a result, part of the job when you have privileged information is to keep your mouth shut.

        And, if the Yankees did engage is some sort of fuckery, I hope they pay for it.

      • hojo20 - Aug 18, 2013 at 9:19 PM

        Agree. I couldn’t stand A-Rod, but I’m with him this year. MLB & the NYY mgmt are trying to railroad him.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 19, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      so who is going to present A-Rod with his 6 mil bonus check
      when he reaches that homerun milestone?

  3. lew24 - Aug 18, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    This is so childish. Both parties should be embarrassed!

  4. thebadguyswon - Aug 18, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Brian Cashman sounds like an asshole.

    • thebadguyswon - Aug 18, 2013 at 8:45 PM

      Wow….jesus, man. Not sure that has a thing to do with it.

  5. proudlycanadian - Aug 18, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Dear Mr. Cashman: You signed him to that contract and he does not want to go away quietly unless he is paid. His lawyers also want their inflated fees. All I can suggest to you, is hair dye, because you are bound to go grey over this mess.

    • Arods Other Doctor - Aug 19, 2013 at 8:57 PM

      Cashman didn’t sign him. His idiot bosses did.

  6. luz56 - Aug 18, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Don’t cut him… Keep him on the roster and have him rot at the end of the bench for the remainder if his career

  7. innout10 - Aug 18, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Paperlions give your head a shake

    • historiophiliac - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:32 PM

      Why? Do you want to see his glorious mane move or something?

      • paperlions - Aug 19, 2013 at 7:19 AM

        Hehehe….this made my morning.

  8. yahmule - Aug 18, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Only Boston could make Alex Rodriguez look good by comparison.

    • dondada10 - Aug 18, 2013 at 8:42 PM

      Will C.C. retaliate?

      • fanofevilempire - Aug 19, 2013 at 7:46 AM

        not yet, plenty of time for that, but I’m thinking Papi gets drilled!

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 18, 2013 at 8:43 PM

      Dempster just hit him with a pitch.

      • paperlions - Aug 18, 2013 at 8:45 PM

        Dempster should have been gone. MLB should suspend him for at least 6 games.

        I never though I would say this….but GOOOOOOOOO YANKEES! I hope they crush Boston tonight. Fans cheering for intentionally hitting a player is about as classless as you can get.

      • yahmule - Aug 18, 2013 at 8:48 PM

        Playing up to the Massholes.

  9. jimeejohnson - Aug 18, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    “Ya fackin’ bass-tid!”

  10. gamecheck1 - Aug 18, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    All he did was peds! Seriously?! That his what helped him make his fortune! Can’t blame him? Really?! If your spouse married you under false pretenses should they be entitled to your fortune?

    • Old Gator - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:39 PM

      You’re assuming the Borg didn’t know what was going on. I don’t believe that.

  11. righthandofjustice - Aug 18, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    “Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger that he is “not comfortable anymore” talking to Alex Rodriguez given the litigious nature of the third baseman’s interactions with the club lately.”

    Hey Cashman, Levine just told A-Rod to “shut up or put up” yesterday.

    Now, he put up and you shut up?

    If you have nothing to hide, don’t feel compelled to shut up.

    • jeffbbf - Aug 18, 2013 at 9:58 PM

      I’m guessing you haven’t been paying close enough attention. The PU or SU comment was a challenge to ARod and his legal entourage to prove their contention that ARod had a hip injury at the beginning of the playoffs last year – an injury that was known the NYY management….and that the NYY management withheld that information from ARod in order to make ARod look bad. At this point, ARod’s camp has not provided that proof. So…they did not, in any way, “put up” You sir, have failed.

      • righthandofjustice - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:06 PM

        You sir failed miserably. Following the grievance procedure, A-Rod is now showing the proof to the UNION. They will talk to the Yankees next, then meeting the arbitrator will be the final stage.

        Read the Rulebook first, Sherlock!

      • stevem7 - Aug 19, 2013 at 8:44 AM

        MLB hasn’t put up any proof either you bafoon but you bought hook, line, and sinker into their unnamed sources so you should retire from the field have struck out miserably.

      • righthandofjustice - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:41 PM

        Are you totally out of your mind? This is a grievance failed against the YANKEES. It has nothing to do with MLB.

        The challenged from the Yankees was “put up or shut up” and A-Rod put up right away, without any hesitation!

        What the hell is Cashman uncomfortable with? He is hired to run a BASEBALL team. He can only talk baseball with A-Rod like what A-Rod said he will only talk baseball. Everybody else in the team, manager, coaches, players are also there to talk and play baseball with A-Rod. Why is he “uncomfortable”?

    • lazlosother - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:09 PM

      NY’s attorneys will want to monitor any communication with A-Rod at this point. Once a suit or grievance is filed the two sides are essentially at war. If someone is pursuing a legal action against you you don’t talk to them, you let the attorneys handle the communications.

      I don’t think A-Rod is being treated fairly by MLB, but I find his actions towards NY absolutely baffling. There is a large burden on him in this claim, and if he told team doctors he felt fine (he was actually pretty public about feeling fine) I don’t think he stands a chance. Earlier this year he told NY he was injured and couldn’t go, then turned around and accused them of not letting him play. Now he claims NY marched him out there in the playoffs knowing he was injured and couldn’t perform, as opposed to putting someone healthy out there and actually trying to win. Doesn’t pass the smell test.

      I wonder if he isn’t trying to pressure NY into a buyout of his contract, he collects millions and gets to walk away.

      • righthandofjustice - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:02 PM

        The grievance process has actually started in early August. In the first step, the player informed the team about his disagreement. What A-Rod has just done was the second step, that is, brought it to the Union. The Yankees knew A-Rod’s intent more than a week ago already so technically they were already “at war” for quite a while already. Levine knew A-Rod would go to the Union next. Cashman knew it. Cashman wasn’t nervous to talk then but he is afraid to communicate now following A-Rod’s lawyer’s comment yesterday.

        A-Rod wins this grievance or not can’t be determined by words or public opinions. The key evidence are the emails between Levine and him, and the medical records.

        Why should the Yankees buy out his contract if they don’t have anything to hide? Just yesterday, Levine boldly challenged A-Rod to put up the fight now they turn around and run with their tails between their legs?

  12. Carl Hancock - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    There’s some idiot commenters on this post who seem to think that ARod is merely in trouble for PED’s. If you were truly informed on the situation you would know it is much more. He wasn’t just using PED’s, he was recruiting players for his shady doctor. He was attempting to buy documents to keep them out of the hands of MLB and throw off their investigation, had this been a criminal case that’s called obstruction. He’s intentionally leaked information to the media about other players to try and diver the media’s attention. He’s disregarded his employers directions regarding his rehab and return from injury numerous times by having doctors speak out against his employer and claiming he’s ready to play. He’s lied repeatedly to his teammates, his employers, MLB and the fans. Yes the Yankees are idiots for signing him to the new deal when he opted out. Let us not forget how he handled the opt out, claiming he wouldn’t, then doing so during the World Series, then claiming his agent did so without his approval. Right. Anyone trying to paint ARod as some sort of victim needs to get a clue. ARod is getting what was coming to him. There really is no legitimate grounds to try and defend him. His entire career was a fraud. He’s a fraud. You reap what you sow.

    • righthandofjustice - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      ROFL. Evidence please!

      If he has done all these things wouldn’t he accept a 50 days suspension in April?

      Any “anonymous sources” can spread crazy rumors but LAW AND ORDER are based on facts. I don’t think anybody can defend him. He can only be defended by facts. Same goes for the Yankees too.

      • righthandofjustice - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:47 PM

        I want to re-emphasis one obvious point. In April, MLB offered A-Rod a 50 day suspension (i.e. just for ONLY the violation of JDA rule, in line with other players). That means, NO punishment to any of any other things you said.

        If MLB had any evidence why no punishment? And they owe A-Rod and the fans an explanation what have A-Rod done between April and June to have his punishment raised from 50 to 211 days.

    • stevem7 - Aug 19, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      Carl, are you a member of the Commissioner’s Investigative Office? NO? Oh then I take it you are just another idiot posting your OPINION of what you THINK you know. The only IDIOT here is YOU.

  13. dcarroll73 - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    I would just point out that a patient saying that he feels fine is not even related to whether that person in fact has a serious problem. A-rod might have thought he felt fine, but maybe his hip was flat out dysfunctional. That is certainly the way he played, and even if you hate A-rod, if you have any contact with reality, you should admit that was NOT the way A-rod plays when healthy (just compare the stats for that period to right now.)
    There is no inconsistency in A-rod’s camp claiming that the Yanks withheld medical info and let him play hurt but then this season kept him in rehab when he was ready to play. Both those actions would fit a “greasing the skids” scenario – first show that A-rod is washed up (as long as people don’t notice that he was trying to play despite a wreaked hip – pretty gritty if you want to be fair) and then hold him in limbo until that ass Selig gets off the dime and suspends him(without a right of appeal as was first rumored.)
    I am a life-long Yankee fan, and I have always loved the team and hated the ownership/management. These are the heirs of the man who hired thugs to spy on Winfield. Does anyone doubt they would conspire to slime their way out of the STUPID second A-rod contract?

  14. dsharpe8 - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    A lot of you who left comments about supporting A-Fraud and think that MLB was too harsh needs to wake up! This is the same dude who keeps cheating and not to mention one of the most phoniness pro athletes out there, he clearly tried to cover up the investigation by obstructing it, so yes I think he got off lightly and I feel he deserves a lifetime ban from the game.

    • stevem7 - Aug 19, 2013 at 8:41 AM

      Tell you what …. how about you take a lifetime ban from the game for “Failure to display any intelligence”? Seems fair.

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