Bernie Williams spoke to reporters tonight before playing in a benefit concert in Connecticut and said he wasn’t interested in coming to camp on a minor-league deal. He wants a guaranteed contract and the Yankees seem to have no interest in offering one.
Position players don’t report until Feb. 20, so there remains a chance that somebody could talk Williams into showing up. But it looks like he could retire.
Now 38, Williams has been a Yankee since 1991 and ranks among the best players in team history.
It will be interesting to see how this develops over the next few days. This isn’t the best way out but it beats the idea of the Yankees releasing him in March.
There are some out there who believe the Yankees owe Williams another season. But he is not suited to come of the bench. This is one of those times where somebody has to make a tough decision and Brian Cashman seems willing to make it.