Back in mid July, several reports suggested the Yankees were prepared to negotiate an extension with Alex Rodriguez.
Turns out they weren’t and no talks were held. But Brian Cashman said at the time that the Yankees would not pursue Rodriguez if he became a free agent. It would make no sense, he said, because they would lose the $21 million subsidy coming from Texas.
Cashman said the same thing during spring training.
When he repeated that during an interview on WFAN on Friday, Mike Francesa was shocked. So were several people who e-mailed me today.
Don’t be shocked. It’s a brilliant move by Cashman. Taking the Yankees out of the mix reduces the leverage of any free agent, especially for a player like Rodriguez. It’s one of he reasons I wrote last month that I think he will stay with the Yankees.
Cashman kidded around before the game that he didn’t mind making news if it distracted people away from what Gary Sheffield was saying.