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When Alex Rodriguez signed his insane 10-year, $250 million contract with the New York Yankees in 2007, it came with a stipulation. The Yankees were to pay A-Rod $6 million each time he hit one of these five home run milestones: 660, 715, 755, 762 and 763, the latter of which would break Barry Bonds all-time home run record.
But even since Rodriguez was suspended for all of 2014 for drug use, the Yankees have been awkwardly distancing themselves from the first payment of $6 million as A-Rod came closer to the first milestone. Rodriguez hit number 660 in a pinch hit appearance during Friday night's game against the Boston Red Sox, but he won't be seeing the bonus money anytime soon. Ahead of Saturday's game, Yankees GM Brian Cashman went on record to confirm that the Yanks won't be paying A-Rod sh*t.
"We have the right but not the obligation to do something, and that's it," said Yankees general manager Brian Cashman before Saturday's Yankees-Red Sox game at Fenway Park. "We're going to follow the contract as we follow all contracts, so there is no dispute, from our perspective."
Cashman believes that Rodriguez's bonus could only be paid out if the Yankees could market his chase of history, which he feels they couldn't because of, you know, the whole PED thing. The Yankees look at that as a breach of contract. The Player's Union will most likely step in for Rodriguez, who has been mum on the issue.
The rest of this season won't be awkward at all...
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