Showalter's Yankees comments were private

Showalter's Yankees comments were private
August 1, 2013, 5:00 pm
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BALTIMORE –- Orioles manager Buck Showalter is unusual in many ways. He’s a manager who actually enjoys the media, relishes exchanging ideas and opinions with them.

This week, he got burned.

Showalter was quoted in USA Today in talking about the possibility that if Alex Rodriguez is suspended for next year the New York Yankees would be able to wipe his salary off the books.

“If Bud lets them get away with that, they’re under the luxury tax. If they can reset again, they can spend again, and I guarantee you, in two years, Matt Wieters is in New York,” he told the publication.

Showalter made the comments, but didn’t think he’d be quoted.

“It wasn’t meant for public consumption. You guys know, we sit around and talk all the time about baseball issues because we all kind of love our game and we look at things and we talk about it. Unfortunately, somebody decided to put it out there publicly,” Showalter said.

“I said it, and someone decided to print it. It’s unfortunate. What are you going to do?”

Showalter emphasized that his point was the Orioles would like to keep Wieters, who can be a free agent after 2015.

“We’d like Matt to be with us. We like him,” Showalter said.

Wieters was told of the manager’s comments earlier today by Showalter.

“I’m worried about playing this year, worried about this playoff run we’re in right now. Buck’s got his way of saying things and being able to get across his point of view,” Wieters said.

“I’m happy to be here right now, and I’m not thinking about where I’m going to be playing in two years, that’s for sure.”