According to a published report in the New York Times, Bernie Williams has rejected the Yankee’s proposal of a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Williams has been a member of the Evil Empire since 1991 but became expendable with the addition of Bobby Abreu and the stellar play from rookie Melky Cabrera last season. The Spanks plan to carry 12 pitchers, use a platoon at first base and have the Giambino be the designated hitter.

Given the fact that Joe Torre loves Bernie, things could change. But without a guaranteed spot on the team, Williams has stated that he’d rather stay home and be with his children and work on his music. For those who havent heard Williams music, he’s a very talented jazz musician.

This is what Bernie had to say:

“I think if they wanted me they would have signed me already. The option to go to spring training and see what happened — I don’t think at this moment it is something I want to consider.”

Williams does plan to stay in shape in case the Yankees reconsider giving him a chance to play.

“As it is right now, it doesn’t seem like I am going to be playing with that team this year. But it is just part of the game. It is what makes this interesting.”

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