There's a lot going on in Red Sox camp, but the Yankees aren't far behind.
Yesterday at the Yankees' spring training site in Tampa, Alex Rodriguez finally acknowledged that his relationship with Derek Jeter has cooled. After insisting for three years that they remained close, Rodriguez said that it was important for him to publicly confirm what others have said since he joined the team.
"People start assuming that things are a lot worse than what they are, which they're not," said Rodriguez. "But they're obviously not as great as they used to be. We were like blood brothers. You don't have to go to dinner with a guy four, five times a week to do what you're doing. It's actually much better than all you guys expect, but I just want to let the truth be known."
Jeter, the Yankees' captain, has distanced himself from Rodriguez since a 2001 Esquire article in which A-Rod said, "Jeter's been blessed with great talent around him," and "He's never had to lead."
In another development, veteran Bernie Williams, apparently hurt that the Yankees didn't offer him a guaranteed spot on the roster, again was nowhere to be seen, and general manager Brian Cashman doesn't think that will change.
"It appears he made his decision; that's all I can take from it," Cashman said. "I'm assuming at this stage that he's not coming.
"Obviously because of who he is, if he needs a little extra time to decide, then obviously I think there's a little time that you can give. If Bernie wants to continue to play and if he wants to compete for it, I wish he would accept the opportunity as a nonroster invite to come in and fight for it.
"A nonroster situation is not something that I offered out of disrespect. It's just the only way I can provide for all parties to get satisfied in where we are this time and place."
Also, general partner Steve Swindal returned to work with the team and apologized for becoming a distraction but wouldn't speculate on whether his arrest last week for driving under the influence would alter his role as George Steinbrenner's designated successor.
Swindal was arrested early Thursday by the St. Petersburg police, who claimed he was driving 61 miles per hour in a 35 m.p.h. zone. Swindal was released on $250 bond and has a March 15 court date.
Gibbons led the Blue Jays to an 87-75 record and a second-place finish in the American League East last season -- the first time they finished higher than third since winning the World Series in 1993.
The team official spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been announced yet.
Gibbons will make $500,000 this year, one of the lowest salaries for a manager in the majors. The extension covers the 2008 season.
Gibbons might have cost himself a longer extension after getting into altercations with infielder Shea Hillenbrand and pitcher Ted Lilly last season. He is 187-187 since replacing Carlos Tosca in August 2004.
General manager J.P. Ricciardi, who played in the minor leagues with Gibbons, gave him a one-year contract at the end of the 2004 season and a two-year extension in April 2005.