The New York Yankees have been given permission by Oakland to talk to A's Manager Billy Martin, the New York Daily News reported in its Tuesday editions.
The newspaper said the Yankees had asked for permission to speak to Martin, the two-time Yankee manager who has three years remaining on his Oakland contract. The Cleveland Indians also have been granted the same privileges.
"Roy (Eisenhardt, Oakland owner) has given George Steinbrenner and (Cleveland President) Gabe Paul permission to talk to me and I will talk to them," Martin said early in the day from Arlington, Tex., where the A's were playing the Rangers. "My phone hasn't rung yet, though."
After the game, however, Martin said they had called.
Eisenhardt said he will not hold back Martin if he wants to leave. "We plan to have Billy back next year, but we wouldn't stand in his way if he wanted to go someplace else," Eisenhardt said.
Said Martin: "I want to stay here. My home is here."
Martin, 54, is in his third year with Oakland. He previously managed the Yankees for five years, Detroit and Texas for three years each and Minnesota for one season.
A's shortstop Fred Stanley played for Martin in New York and said he thinks Martin would do a good job if he returned to the Yankees.
"Billy is perfect for the situation in New York," said Stanley. "Billy and George go at it all the time, and the players love that because it keeps Steinbrenner off their backs."
Clyde King, the third New York manager this season, said he didn't know anything about the situation. "They're just rumors," said King, who replaced Gene Michael on Aug. 4; Michael had taken over for Bob Lemon on April 27.
Steinbrenner was unavailable for comment.
Asked about the possibility of Martin going with the Indians, Paul responded, "I'm not saying anything. Silence with an exclamation mark."