By Bryan Jeon
The separation between Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees is official after what Hank Steinbrenner, chief of the club’s baseball operations, had to say about the star third baseman walking away from their lucrative contract extension offer.
“It’s clear he didn’t want to be a Yankee. He doesn’t understand the privilege of being a Yankee on a team where the owners are willing to pay $200 million to put a winning product on the field. I don’t want anybody on my team that doesn’t want to be a Yankee. We wanted him to stay a Yankee. We wanted to let him know how much we wanted him. The bottom line is … do we really want anybody that really doesn’t want to be a Yankee? How the heck can you do that? Compare him with Jeter. Jeter, since he was a little kid, all he ever wanted to do was play shortstop for the Yankees. That’s what we want.”
Who does George’s son think he is? Mark Cuban? This outspoken fellow is letting his mind be heard, but c’mon, can you really compare anyone to Derek Jeter? Otherwise, you wouldn’t have enough people on your roster to play baseball. And I’m sure A-Rod sees the privileges in being yelled at on any given night even though he puts up monster numbers for the team. Where’s the treatment there? Whatever the case, let the rift begin between the likely AL MVP and the club that fell short in the postseason for the seventh consecutive year.
On Monday morning, the Yankees have offered Joe Girardi their vacant managerial position, which he is expected to accept. He beats out the favored Don Mattingly, who will not return as the team’s bench coach or the coaching staff, and Tony Pena for the job. The 2006 NL Manager of the Year’s contract is expected to be for three-years, $6 million, which is obviously far less than Joe Torre‘s one-year, $5 million offer he declined.
Good luck righting that ship, Joe. You’re going to be really busy in your first offseason with the Yankees, starting with replacing the big bat of Alex Rodriguez.