Yankees GM Brian Cashman told reporters Saturday that the team will not pay Rodriguez the $6 million bonus he was supposed to earn for tying Willie Mays on the all-time home run list.
"I haven’t given it much thought," Rodriguez said Sunday, according to the New York Daily News. "My focus is (Red Sox pitcher Joe) Kelly throws 98 tonight and I’m almost 40 years old. So I’d better be focused."
Rodriguez's 660th home run came as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning of Friday's game against the Red Sox and broke a 2–2 tie. The Yankees hung on to win 3–2.
In January, the Daily News reported the Yankees were "preparing for a battle" over payment of Rodriguez's bonuses. Considering Rodriguez's repeated steroid use, the Yankees believe the bonuses are no longer marketable and thus should no longer be paid out.
- Dan Gartland and Mike Fiammetta