Yankees GM Cashman: I barely talk to A-Rod outside of hello and goodbye
Yankees GM Brian Cashman said the team is "stuck" in a "litigious" environment with Alex Rodriguez and that he says little to the player outside of hello, just as ESPN New York broke the news that A-Rod's attorneys have taken preliminary steps to file a grievance against the team with the MLB Players Association.
A-Rod's attorneys allege that the Yankees have mismanaged his health since last October, saying the team played him when he had a bad hip and that Yankees top brass told A-Rod's hip surgeon that they would be fine if he never played again.
The Yankees have denied the allegations, and Sunday Cashman gave a nearly half-hour interview during which he said he's barely speaking to A-Rod.
"I'm not comfortable talking to Alex on this stuff because I feel like we're in a litigious environment," Cashman said, according to NJ.com. "So I'm not comfortable anymore talking to him about it."
When asked if most of Cashman's conversations with the third baseman consist of hello and goodbye, Cashman said yes.
"I'm most comfortable talking about that. Hello, goodbye and that's it," he said. "Because anything else, I don't want to be distorted, to be quite honest."
Cashman added it's "unusual" pulling for a player who is slandering him.
"I've never seen anything like this," the general manager told reporters.
When questioned before last night's game against the Red Sox, A-Rod declined to comment.
"I got nothing," he said. "Put the mics down. I'm not talking about s---."
The general manager's response comes a day after Yankees president Randy Levine told A-Rod's camp to "put up or shut up" after the third baseman's lawyer claimed that the Yankees were conspiring against Rodriguez.