May 2, 2015 7:00 PM
Yankees say they don't plan to pay home run bonus to A-Rod
The Associated Press
BOSTON (AP) New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says the team doesn't plan to pay a $6 million bonus to Alex Rodriguez for his 660th home run.
Cashman spoke Saturday before the Yankees played at Boston. On Friday night, Rodriguez hit No. 660, tying Willie Mays for fourth on the career list.
"We have the right, but not the obligation to do something, and that's it," Cashman said.
"So there is no dispute, from our perspective," he told reporters.
The Yankees and Rodriguez have a marketing agreement that calls for $6 million each for up to five achievements, payable within 15 days of designation by the team. The accomplishments were contemplated to be homers as he moved up the lifetime list.
Rodriguez missed last season because of a drug suspension and the Yankees didn't market his pursuit of Mays' mark.
No payment likely would trigger a grievance on Rodriguez's behalf by the players' union. Without a settlement, the case would be heard by an arbitrator.