Brian Cashman apologizes for his STFU comment

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I don’t get the sense he’s apologizing to A-Rod all that much — and I can understand if the guy is aggravating —  but he is sorry for his choice of words and seems to own it, more or less. Statements passed along via Mark Feinsand’s Twitter feed:

I regret the choice of words I used yesterday … I didn’t handle this one well. I popped. Reality TV at its best.”

He added that he didn’t think A-Rod was trying to create a disturbance with his tweet just that, well, he did end up doing that, saying “the tweet created some issues and I obviously added to those issues.” He also said that A-Rod and Hal Steinbrenner spoke today and that A-Rod “got the message.”

Which is how it should be: the boss telling the employee how he messed up behind closed doors.

So that’s settled. At least until the next time.

J.D. Martinez tells teams he prefers an outfield role

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Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.

That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.

Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.