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Yankees: No plan to pay Alex Rodriguez HR bonus

Yankees: No plan to pay Alex Rodriguez HR bonus
New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez waits on deck during a pitching change in the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday. (Michael Dwyer / Associated Press)

Brian Cashman, general manager of the New York Yankees, 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 all-time list.

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"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."

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 home runs as he moved up the all-time list.

Rodriguez sat out 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.

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