|ESPN.com: Baseball||[Print without images]|
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter spoke with Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig earlier this month in the wake of his comments about the New York Yankees and third baseman Alex Rodriguez, the New York Times reported on Friday.
The newspaper described the talk as "productive."
Showalter had told USA Today Sports that if Selig suspended Rodriguez for the 2014 season, it would be unfair because the Yankees would benefit financially; the team would not have to pay him his $25 million salary for 2014, saving significant money against the luxury tax and revenue sharing.
"If Bud lets them get away with that, they're under the luxury tax," Showalter told USA Today, comments he later said were off the record. "If they can reset, they can spend again, and I guarantee you in two years [Orioles star catcher] Matt Wieters is in New York."
Rodriguez eventually was suspended through the 2014 season for violating MLB's drug policy. He is appealing the ban.
According to the New York Times, MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred contacted Baltimore general manager Dan Duquette after Showalter's comments, telling him "there were many factors in play beyond what Showalter was aware of."