All is not forgotten. Or forgiven. At least from the Yankees' perspective.
Club hierarchy met Tuesday with a repentant Alex Rodriguez and one of his attorneys in managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner's Stadium office, where, according to a joint statement released by the parties, Rodriguez "apologized to the organization for his actions over the past several years during an honest and frank discussion of all of the issues.''
But a source familiar with the 90-minute meeting indicated it was the Yankees being the most frank. Among the issues the team addressed: its lingering anger over A-Rod's "scorched earth'' approach in summer 2013 when he sued the Yankees and team physician Christopher Ahmad. Rodriguez also sued Major League Baseball but eventually dropped each lawsuit.
According to the source, the Yankees told A-Rod his actions were "way beyond the pale'' in 2013 and would not be forgotten.
"He was very contrite,'' the source said in characterizing Rodriguez during the meeting.
Rodriguez, who is owed $61 million over the next three years, is coming off a one-season suspension for involvement with Biogenesis and PED use. The person familiar with the meeting said Rodriguez "didn't come out and say he did PEDs, but he implied that he did.''
A spokesman for Rodriguez did not respond immediately for comment about any discussion of PED use at the meeting.
Also discussed were the performance bonuses in A-Rod's $275-million contract. In the meeting, the team stated it did not intend to pay any of the multiple $6-million bonuses tied to the home run chase, including the one for his 660th that would tie Willie Mays for fourth.
Rodriguez, 39, is six homers behind Mays. The person with knowledge of the meeting said it was not clear if A-Rod would file a grievance should bonus money be withheld. Sources have said the players' union would fight for Rodriguez to get his bonus money if the Yankees chose not to pay. Rodriguez also sued the MLBPA but dropped the suit.
Position players are scheduled to report Feb. 25, and word is Rodriguez may show up just before that. As for the anticipated circus surrounding his return, the Yankees told him they don't want him to meet with the media in Tampa, Florida, their spring training home. New York was discussed as a possibility, as was A-Rod's hometown, Miami, but no date or location was set.
The Yankees, the source said, stressed only that they wanted it to occur before pitchers and catchers report Feb. 20, and somewhere other than Tampa.
Rodriguez enters spring training without a position. Earlier in the winter, the Yankees signed Chase Headley to a four-year, $52-million deal to play third.
Steinbrenner, team president Randy Levine, general manager Brian Cashman and assistant GM Jean Afterman represented the Yankees in the meeting. Rodriguez was with attorney Jim Sharp, who was on last week's call to Cashman asking for a get-together.
The statement, released late Tuesday afternoon, said in part: " . . . Alex initiated the meeting and apologized to the organization for his actions over the past several years . . . As far as the Yankees are concerned, the next step is to play baseball in spring training.''