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Thursday, January 25th, 2007

More Bernie

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John Delcos of The Journal News caught up with Bernie Williams last night at the Irvington Town Hall Theater, as New York baseball fans continue to await word on the centerfielder’s future. It’s become increasingly evident that the Yankees don’t have room on their major league roster for Williams unless another outfielder – such as Melky Cabrera – is moved.

Bernie as quoted on his future with the Yankees:

“Part of me says if they wanted me, they would have made an offer by now. When you play this game for a long time, you take things for granted and think it won’t end. But the harsh reality of it is, it will.”

On the prospect of playing elsewhere next season:

“The loyalty factor goes both ways. When a team that you’ve played for doesn’t want to offer a contract, it is making a business decision. So I have to make a business decision.”

On the idea of joining the crosstown rival Mets:

“I have a lot of friends over there.”

While the notion …

Teams still waiting on Rocket

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Randy Hendricks, agent for Roger Clemens, on Robinson Cano’s decision to relinquish his #22:

“If Roger were to play for the Yankees, I know he would appreciate Cano’s gesture,” Hendricks added. “But it is worth noting that 22 is waiting in Houston and 21 [Clemens’ original number] in Boston.”

Willie gets a raise

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Speculation about Willie Randolph entering the 2007 season as a lame-duck manager can now end. While the parties involved never seemed overly concerned, the media – bored, perhaps – had worked itself into a frenzy over the last week, some even speculating that Willie could play out the final year of his contract for $700,000 and take over as Yankees manager when Joe Torre’s contract expires at the end of the season. Instead, Willie and the Mets have agreed to a three-year deal worth $5.65 million. The Mets have torn up the final year of Randolph’s current deal, and instead will double his salary, paying him $1.4 million for the 2007 season. Willie would then be due to make $2 million in 2008, and $2.25 million in 2009. The Mets hold a $2.5 million option for 2010.

Currently Torre is the richest manager in baseball, making $7.5 in 2007. New Cubs manager Lou Piniella is a distant second, earning $3.5 million. Despite his relatively …

Floyd goes home

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As expected, former Met Cliff Floyd agreed to terms with his hometown Chicago Cubs yesterday. The deal was a long time in the making as the Cubs attempted to find room in their budget for Cliff while constructing a highly complex, incentive-laden contract with the oft-injured slugger. According to ESPN.com, the deal is “creatively structured” and guarantees one-year at $3 million, however that number could rise to $7.5 million if certain health-related incentives are met. The deal also contains a player option, club option, and a vesting option that is activated if Floyd makes 425 plate appearances in 2007 or starts 100 games. If he gets 500 plate appearances in each of the next two seasons, the total value of the deal increases to $15.5 million. The ceiling for the deal is $17.5 over two years, and can be attained by reaching 550 plate appearances in each of the next seasons.

The Mets will miss Floyd for both his bat and his presence in the clubhouse. …

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