NEW YORK -- In an effort to find some closure after the confrontational Biogenesis case that led to his season-long drug suspension, Alex Rodriguez met with new commissioner Rob Manfred this week, sources confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com.
Rodriguez initiated the get-together between the two even though, with his suspension complete, he is considered in good standing in the eyes of MLB. There were no lawyers on hand, and it was said to be a positive discussion.
A source told ESPNNewYork.com that the meeting lasted 10 minutes and Rodriguez apologized, while promising to behave in the future.
The New York Post first reported the meeting took place.
The Yankees have no plans to make owner Hal Steinbrenner, president Randy Levine or general manager Brian Cashman available for any similar Rodriguez make-up sessions, a source said. An official with knowledge of the team's thinking said that Rodriguez will not receive any special treatment during spring training and will be dealt with like any other member of the 40-man roster.
The Yankees owe Rodriguez $61 million over the next three years. During the offseason, Cashman has repeatedly said the team does not know what type of player they will have the three-time MVP. With that in mind, the club signed Chase Headley for four years and $52 million to play Rodriguez's position, third base.
Rodriguez's poor relationship with MLB during the Biogenesis investigation included suing MLB and outgoing commissioner Bud Selig. He also dubbed Selig "the man from Milwaukee" and questioned the commissioner's integrity in not appearing during the Biogenesis appeal hearings.
After his suspension was slightly reduced but upheld, Rodriguez met with Manfred to first try to clear the air. It is believed that Manfred told Rodriguez to stay quiet during his year off, which Rodriguez has done. One source said the duo met one other time, with lawyers present.
ESPNNewYork.com's Wallace Matthews contributed to this report.