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Say hey, baseball: The Yankees still don't want to pay A-Rod

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Thursday morning's baseball finds the Yankees don't want to pay A-Rod his milestone bonuses, the Red Sox should get Cliff Lee, and Josh Hamilton could face disciplinary action.

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The Yankees supposedly wanted to get out everything that remained of Alex Rodriguez's contract -- all three years and $61 million of it -- but he showed up to spring training with all of his limbs attached, so that idea went out the door. They're still hoping to withhold the bonuses for home run milestones from A-Rod, however, and while it's unknown if the contract language will hold up in court and grant them that reprieve, you do know that there will eventually be a battle over it.

Essentially, A-Rod's contract stipulates that the Yankees can designate a homer as a milestone, and then Rodriguez is supposed to transfer his likeness to New York for marketing purposes in exchange for $6 million. The Yankees are concerned no one will care about when, say, A-Rod ties Willie Mays' career total of 660 just six dingers from now, and so they don't plan on considering it a milestone any longer. The contract also states that the Yankees "are under no obligation" to exercise this portion of the contract, which you think would have them as the clear winners here.

The thing is, though, that A-Rod's 654 career homers, while maybe tainted for some publicly, still hold up in MLB's official books. If Rodriguez's lawyer points to those books often enough -- and A-Rod has the right to file a grievance over the Yankees' decisions to recognize these milestone moments -- then a court might find that the Yankees are simply attempting to deny reality, and Rodriguez will get paid. The short of it is that if the Yankees don't just agree to pay for these milestones -- and really, there might only be one of them, considering the next is at 714 for tying Babe Ruth -- things are going to get ugly in New York. And you thought all the convoluted A-Rod drama was over.