In a 90-minute meeting at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, Alex Rodriguez apologized to New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner and team executives for his suspension for performance-enhancing drug use and the hostile nature in which he attempted to defend himself.
The two sides released a joint statement on Tuesday evening, saying Rodriguez “initiated the meeting and apologized to the organization for his actions over the past several years.”
Sources told ESPNNewYork.com that the Yankees made it known that he had to make up for his behavior, which included suing Major League Baseball and the Yankees’ team doctor, as well as questioning the Yankees’ integrity in the Biogenesis case, among other things.
The Yankees, sources said, also made it clear to Rodriguez that they plan on disputing his home run bonuses. Rodriguez, who has 654 career homers, can make a total of $30 million extra if he reaches five separate home run milestones, starting with tying Willie Mays’ 660 homers for fourth place on the all-time list.
If Rodriguez were to reach Mays’ mark, he would be due another $6 million. The Yankees feel the mark is worthless because of Rodriguez’s history with steroids and other PEDs.
The Yankees also told Rodriguez that they would like him to clear the air with the media prior to pitchers and catchers reporting on Friday, Feb. 20. Sources told ESPNNewYork.com that Rodriguez was amenable to that timetable. No date or arrangement has been set yet. A-Rod will be the one to orchestrate the setup.
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