The New York Yankees are thinking about not making a $6 million payment to Alex Rodriguez if he hits six home runs and ties Willie Mays at 660 for fourth place on the career list. Rodriguez signed a $275 million, 10-year contract with the team in December 2007 and a separate marketing agreement that called for $6 million payments for up to five milestone accomplishments designated by the Yankees. At the time of the marketing agreement, those accomplishments were contemplated to be tying the home run totals of Mays, Babe Ruth (714), Hank Aaron (755) and Barry Bonds, (762), and breaking Bonds’ major league record. New York’s thought process on the $6 million payment, first reported by the Daily News, was described to The Associated Press on Monday by a person familiar with the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity because no public statements were authorized.

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Today we’ll get ready for the 2015 MLB season with a team-by-team bullpen audit.

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Hours after a New York Yankees minor league affiliate weighed in on the NFL’s “deflategate” scandal , a Chicago Cubs minor league affiliate has taken it to the next level, announcing a deflategate-themed promotion that will double as a fundraiser in the battle against cancer. The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Chicago’s brand new Class A-Advanced team in the Carolina League, will hold Deflate Cancer Night on April 15, which will be the first of six games in the team’s Strike Out Cancer Series. According to the press release , this promotion will focus on raising awareness and funds for testicular cancer. The fundraising will include a 50/50 raffle, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. Additionally, the team will give away inflatable baseballs to the first 1200 fans, but only one of 12 will be properly inflated, because these folks aren’t glossing over any details . Oh, and the opponents on that evening? You better believe it’s the Salem Red Sox, which is the Boston Red Sox Class A-Advanced squad. “In honor of the New England sports tradition, the choice of a night in which the Boston Red Sox affiliate was in town was the obvious choice for this night,” explained Pelicans Vice President and General Manager Andy Milovich. “To be able to promote awareness of such a serious disease so early in the season, while having some fun in the process is what we are all about.” Indeed, the Pelicans are having all kinds of fun with this promotion. This is trolling in its purest form, but you haven’t heard anything yet. Here’s more from the press release. Important to note for concerned parents, the Pelicans have opted not to invite the New England Patriots equipment manager to run the Kids Zone. The bounce house, speed-pitch, and obstacle course will, as always, be inflated to the specified safety levels outlined in their respective manuals. Finally, the Pelicans plan to formally invite Walt Anderson and his officiating crew from the AFC Championship Game to inspect the game balls prior to first pitch. Word from Splash, the Pelicans mascot, is that Mugsy, the Salem Red Sox mascot, has been hatching plans to film the Pelicans practices prior the three-game series, which begins on April 13 at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. Relentless, but hilarious. Well played, Pelicans. And good luck! BLS H/N: Extra Mustard   More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Somewhere, somebody is counting down the days until the Alex Rodriguez circus arrives at New York Yankees camp in Tampa. In the meantime — and in between workouts with Barry Bonds, of course — A-Rod is continuing what’s been tabbed his “rehabilitation tour,” most recently heading to MLB’s midtown Manhattan headquarters for a meeting with commissioner-elect Rob Manfred. Kevin Davidoff of the New York Post provides the details : Earlier this past week, the Yankees’ disgraced, returning slugger convened with commissioner-elect Rob Manfred at Major League Baseball’s midtown Manhattan headquarters, multiple sources confirmed. In an attempted signal of goodwill, A-Rod came unaccompanied by any Players Association representatives or personal attorneys. And goodwill, according to one source, was A-Rod’s intention when he initiated this get-together. He wanted to clear the air with Manfred and get on the same page with central baseball as he prepares for his reentry. The last time A-Rod had visited the building, on Nov. 20, 2013, he had exited in fury (or at least pretend fury) after independent arbitrator Fredric Horowitz didn’t allow Rodriguez’s legal team to interrogate commissioner Bud Selig for his 211-game suspension of A-Rod. Rodriguez stood up in the hearing room, looked at Manfred and shouted an expletive — whether it was directed at Manfred specifically or commenting about the situation in general eternally will be open to interpretation, depending on your witness — and left the room and the building. Certainly not the worst idea for A-Rod to touch base and make sure Manfred’s focus is looking forward, not backward. That said, we’re guessing the whole scene was a bit awkward regardless of any progress that may or may not have been made. After all, it was Manfred who took the lead on the Biogenesis investigation, which eventually led to A-Rod’s suspension for the entire 2014 season. Manfred willingly put himself directly in the eye of Hurricane A-Rod, and he felt its wrath time and time again. At one point during the arbitration hearing, Manfred was clearly worn down by the back and forth, so he lashed out with the following scathing statement .  “This latest, sad chapter in Mr. Rodriguez’s tarnished career is yet another example of this player trying to avoid taking responsibility for his poor choices,” Manfred said. “Given the disappointing acts that Mr. Rodriguez has repeatedly made throughout his career, his expressed concern for young people rings very hollow. Mr. Rodriguez’s use of PEDs was longer and more pervasive than any other player, and when this process is complete, the facts will prove it is Mr. Rodriguez and his representatives who have engaged in ongoing, gross misconduct.” Yeah, it got pretty ugly for awhile. The war of words only ceased when Rodriguez decided to accept his punishment and await his next opportunity. An opportunity that begins in just about three weeks time. And though it’s easy to question A-Rod’s sincerity in meeting with Manfred, and perhaps even Manfred’s in meeting with A-Rod, it’s notable that both sides were willing to take the first step. Now, as Davidoff points out, we await A-Rod’s first “ice breaking session” with higher-ups in the New York Yankees organization. They too were in A-Rod’s path of deconstruction as he desperately fought the sanctions against him. It’s a bit surprising that meeting hasn’t already taken place, but Davidoff suspects A-Rod will be reaching out soon.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Bud Selig began his 8,173rd and final day in charge of baseball by waking up in a Manhattan hotel, having breakfast and working out. … If one uses a lot of vision it could.” Selig headed the group that forced Commissioner Fay Vincent’s resignation in September 1992. Owner of the Milwaukee Brewers since 1970, he was put in charge as chairman of the executive council and finally elected commissioner in July 1998 after years of saying he would never take the job. His reign saw expanded playoffs and wild-card teams, interleague play, video review to aid umpires, expansion to Arizona and Tampa Bay, the formation of baseball’s Internet and broadcast companies and the start of drug testing – too late for some critics.

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Ichiro Suzuki has decided to play for the Miami Marlins. Suzuki and the team have agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract, pending a physical, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. Suzuki’s signing is just one of many eye-catching moves by the Marlins in this offseason, starting with the record $325 million, 13-year contract given in November to slugger Giancarlo Stanton. He topped the 200-hit mark in his first 10 major league seasons and has 2,844 MLB hits in his 14 seasons with the Yankees and Seattle Mariners.

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ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves have added another contender to their outfield competition by claiming Eury Perez off waivers from the New York Yankees.

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A massive fire that blazed through a luxury apartment complex in Edgewater, New Jersey on Wednesday has left New York Yankees radio voice John Sterling without a home, reports the New York Daily News .  Sterling was one of around 400 residents to be evacuated when the fire broke out at the four-story building around 4:20 p.m. local time. No injuries to civilians or firefighters have been reported, and officials confirmed Wednesday evening that all residents and pets have been accounted for. That’s the best news, honestly. Unfortunately, is has been reported that at least 50-percent of the complex is a total loss, meaning that residents will be without a home, in addition to facing the possibility that many, if not all of their possessions, will not be recovered. “I don’t know what to expect. Now, I have nowhere to go. And I need a toothbrush,” Sterling said late Wednesday night. “I was wondering what I was going to do for clothes. But then I started thinking about all the stuff, all the memories, whether it be music, books, and a lot of other stuff,” he said. “You know I was planning on moving to a new apartment complex and felt I was going to throw a lot of that stuff out. Now I hope I haven’t lost it.”

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Justin Verlander is doing his best to take Max Scherzer’s departure in stride. Yes, the Detroit Tigers will miss Scherzer, one of the game’s top right-handers. ”Obviously you don’t want to see a teammate go, but you can kind of see it coming too,” Verlander said Thursday. Now the Tigers will try for a fifth straight AL Central championship with a retooled rotation that also lost Rick Porcello.

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A massive fire that blazed through a luxury apartment complex in Edgewater, New Jersey on Wednesday has left New York Yankees radio voice John Sterling without a home, reports the New York Daily News .  Sterling was one of around 400 residents to be evacuated when the fire broke out at the four-story building around 4:20 p.m. local time. No injuries to civilians or firefighters have been reported, and officials confirmed Wednesday evening that all residents and pets have been accounted for. That’s the best news, honestly. Unfortunately, is has been reported that at least 50-percent of the complex is a total loss, meaning that residents will be without a home, in addition to facing the possibility that many, if not all of their possessions, will not be recovered. “I don’t know what to expect. Now, I have nowhere to go. And I need a toothbrush,” Sterling said late Wednesday night. “I was wondering what I was going to do for clothes. But then I started thinking about all the stuff, all the memories, whether it be music, books, and a lot of other stuff,” he said. “You know I was planning on moving to a new apartment complex and felt I was going to throw a lot of that stuff out. Now I hope I haven’t lost it.”

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