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'Floor' price for A-Rod $350m

Report: Boras set number for NY

ALEX RODRIGUEZ Hasn't received any offers ALEX RODRIGUEZ Hasn't received any offers

The Yankees were told by agent Scott Boras that they could not meet with Alex Rodriguez unless they presented an extension offer that guaranteed the star $350 million "as a floor."

Boras's remarks, first reported yesterday by, were made Oct. 25 during a conversation between the agent and general manager Brian Cashman, a baseball official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because those details were not made public.

Rodriguez had $81 million remaining over the final three years of his record $252 million, 10-year contract, and the deal contained an additional $10 million escalator.

The Yankees were prepared to offer him an extension worth $25 million to $30 million a season for four or five years.

Boras then notified the Yankees Sunday that the third baseman was opting out of the contract to become a free agent.

Cashman declined to comment on the conversation, and Boras only would go into general details.

"We've made no offers to anyone and we have received no offers from anyone," Boras said. "I'm not going to respond."

New York said repeatedly that it would not negotiate with Rodriguez if he opted out.

"Brian's made it clear, and I've made it clear," said Hank Steinbrenner, son of owner George Steinbrenner.

Abreu staying in NY

Bobby Abreu's $16 million option for next season was exercised by the Yankees.

The 33-year-old right fielder overcame a slow start to hit .283 with 16 homers and 101 RBIs, and finished second in the American League with 123 runs. He has reached 100 RBIs in five consecutive seasons.

"Bobby Abreu possesses a unique skill set and has proven to be a durable and reliable asset to this club," Cashman said. "Consistency has been a hallmark throughout his career."

Sosa wants $7m

Sammy Sosa wants to play in the majors next year, provided a team offers him a contract for at least $7 million. He hit 21 home runs with 92 RBIs this season with Texas . . . Mark Wiley has been hired as pitching coach of the Florida Marlins, returning to the job he had in 2005 when Dontrelle Willis won 22 games. Wiley was special assistant for baseball operations with the Colorado Rockies the past two years. He succeeds Rick Kranitz, the Marlins' pitching coach in 2006-07. Kranitz was hired last month as pitching coach of the Baltimore Orioles . . . The Los Angeles Dodgers released details of Joe Torre's contract, giving the former Yankees manager a three-year, $13 million deal . . . Tampa Bay pitcher Shawn Camp and infielder Jorge Velandia became free agents after rejecting assignments to Triple A Durham.

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