Yankees News: Team Remains Content on Fighting A-Rod’s Home Run Bonuses


On Thursday night Alex Rodriguez moved one step closer to eclipsing baseball’s all-time home run leader, and even closer to litigation between him and the New York Yankees.

A-Rod hit the 655th home run of his of his major league career in the sixth inning of a 6-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. He now stands five home runs shy of the ‘Say Hey Kid’ Willie Mays (660). If he ends up passing Mays, he’ll be chasing Babe Ruth (714), Hank Aaron (755) and Barry Bonds (762).

Either way you look at it, Rodriguez is a few good swings away from triggering a marketing clause in his contract from 2007 that would net him $6 MM each time he passes one of the aforementioned legends on the all-time Home Runs list. The clause kicks into effect if and when he ties Willie Mays.

While I voiced my opinion on the matter yesterday, insisting that the Yankees keep away from the media and let the their players, A-Rod included, just worry about playing ball, it appears they have a different agenda.

The Yankees are still expected to breach their agreement by refusing to pay Rodriguez the $6M owed to him each time he moves up the latter, which is separate from the $61 guaranteed million in his player salary. It’s been long reported that the Yankees are set on heading to arbitration and turning to a third-party judge to void the deal.

According to Bill Madden of the Dailey News, a source close to both parties stated that it is up to the Yankees to declare A-Rod’s accomplishments “milestones,” which they will not do.

“They say the records are tainted,” the source said, “and therefore they’re not milestones that can be marketed.”

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