Michael irks managing partner

January 24, 1992|By New York Times News Service

NEW YORK -- New York Yankees general manager Gene Michael had what was described as a major argument this week with Daniel McCarthy, the club's managing partner, over Michael's signing of catcher Matt Nokes to a new contract, a person close to the Yankees said yesterday.

The dispute follows several instances in which Yankees owner George Steinbrenner has harshly criticized Michael's decisions.

McCarthy was upset over not being consulted Monday when Nokes was signed to a three-year, $7.5 million deal and had wanted to fire the general manager, said the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

McCarthy had written a letter to Michael, the person said, to inform him that every move the team made needed his approval.

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