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Buck Showalter thought his comments about the Yankees were off-the-record

Baltimore Orioles v Kansas City Royals

KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 23: Manager Buck Showalter #26 of the Baltimore Orioles watches during the National Anthem prior to the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on July 23, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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We heard earlier today that Orioles manager Buck Showalter made some interesting comments to USA Today about the repercussions of a possible suspension of Alex Rodriguez, specifically that the Yankees would be able to get under the $189 million luxury tax threshold next season and potentially spend freely in free agency once again. He used his own catcher, Matt Wieters, as an example of someone who the Yankees could have their eye on. However, if Showalter had it his way, the comments would have never seen the light of day.

According to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, Showalter said this afternoon that he thought his comments were off-the-record.

“I said it and someone decided to print it,” Showalter said. “It’s unfortunate, but what are you going to do? … It all boils out from the idea that we’d like Matt to be with us. We like him.”

Sure enough, Wieters was asked about the USA Today article prior to tonight’s game, so Showalter probably wasn’t upset about his general theory getting out as much as he was regretful about name-dropping one of his own players and causing a momentary distraction in the clubhouse. But the sentiment is certainly understandable. A suspension of Rodriguez -- who is set to make $25 million next season -- would be a gift to the Yankees.

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