In a statement released by Rodriguez he said he and his wife Cynthia have spoken directly with Hank and Hal Steinbrenner.
It is absolutely clear, however, that the negotiations -- which never really got started last month -- are now ongoing, and agent Scott Boras is not part of the dialogue.
"The past is the past. I don't know what brought about him approaching us," Yankees senior vice president Hank Steinbrenner said in a telephone interview. "I guess you could say things didn't go the way before that he intended on and weren't handled properly or whatever.