Willie Randolph Had a Gag Clause in Mets Contract

By Josh Alper
|  Thursday, Jan 29, 2009  |  Updated 2:00 PM EDT
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Willie Randolph Had a Gag Clause in Mets Contract

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What Willie sees only Willie can know until his Met contract is up.

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David Lennon of Newsday picked up on the story about the Yankees looking into confidentiality agreements for their players and notes that the Mets are trailblazers in that regard. Willie Randolph had one in his Mets contract, which may be standing in the way of a planned book he was going to write with Wayne Coffey of the Daily News. Randolph got a reminder of the clause when Omar Minaya fired him in June.

"I stood up and shook his hand, told him I wished him and the team well," Randolph recalled to Coffey. "Then he handed me an envelope, a little parting gift, and told me to make sure I reviewed it with my agent, Ron Shapiro.

"It was a copy of my Met contract that basically says I better not say anything detrimental about the team, or I might jeopardize the rest of the money I have coming to me."

Unlike Randolph, Joe Torre doesn't have any money coming to him from the Yankees. If you're getting paid by a company, there are different rules about what's kosher than if you don't work for them anymore. It's still nearly impossible to see how the Yankees could find an actionable offense in anything that Torre wrote since none of the information he shares would result in their diminished ability to conduct business.

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