01.29.09

Matthews : Yanks Mull Chilling Move To Stifle Future Authors

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In the wake of the amazing revelations leaping from the pages of Tom Verducci and Joe Torre’s “The Yankee Years” (eg. most Bombers — like the majority of conscious Americans — considered Carl Pavano to be a big fairy), the ballclub is considering a contractual “non-disparagement clause” in future player deals, writes Newsday’s Wallace Matthews

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a Yankee official said yesterday that some members of the front office staff already are required to sign a confidentiality agreement in order to protect “proprietary knowledge of our business model.” The proposed clause is intended to ensure that future books about the Yankees are “positive in tone,” and “do not breach the sanctity of our clubhouse.”

Confidentiality agreements, some with meticulously spelled out rules and stipulated monetary penalties for their violation, are standard equipment in most contracts between celebrities and their hired staffs, as well as between corporations and their CEOs. The Mets are believed to have included similar clauses in their contracts with former manager Willie Randolph and former pitching coach Rick Peterson. Up to now, the Yankees never have included them in the contract of a player or manager.

“Up to now, we have always operated our employer-employee relationships on a basis of trust,” the official said. “But we never expected what we got from Joe. We may have to get a little tougher on this issue.”

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