A-Rod secretly met with Rob Manfred

Alex Rodriguez met with incoming commissioner Rob Manfred earlier this past week (Davidoff, Jan. 24).

A-Rod was the one that initiated this meeting with Manfred. In an attempt to create good will, there were no lawyers or player union representatives present. The goal was to ensure both sides were on the same page with his 2014 suspension coming to an end.

The last time A-Rod made a visit to the commissioners office was to receive his 211-game suspension stemming from the Biogensis investigation. Though the suspension would ultimately be reduced to just the 2014 season. A-Rod is now clear to make his return to the Yankees in 2015.

Braves claim Perez from Yanks

The Braves have claimed outfielder Eury Perez off waivers from the Yankees.

New York picked him up in late September from the Nationals.

In 67 games with Triple-A Syracuse, Single-A Potomac and the GCL Nationals, the right-handed batter combined to hit .310 (75-for-242) with 36 runs, 14 doubles, two home runs and 15 RBI. Perez has appeared in 22 career Major League games with the Nationals (2012-13), batting .154 (2-for-13) with four runs and four stolen bases.

Sterling without home after apartment fire

Longtime Yankees radio announcer John Sterling was among the 400 residents of an Edgewater, NJ, apartment complex driven from their homes by a five-alarm fire Wednesday afternoon. (Daily News, Jan. 21).

Sterling has likely lost everything in his apartment, the report said.

Sterling also told the Daily News: “I was wondering what I was going to do for clothes. But then I started thinking about all the stuff, all the memories, whether it be music, books, and a lot of other stuff. You know I was planning on moving to a new apartment complex and felt I was going to throw a lot of that stuff out.”

Firefighters told the Daily News the blaze started about 4:20 p.m. at the Avon of Edgewater complex. About 9 p.m., large portions of the building collapsed.

A-Rod training with Barry Bonds

Alex Rodriguez has been out of the game since 2013, but at the start of the new year, the Yankees powerhouse posted photos of himself back in the batting cage. Apparently, he’s not getting back at it alone either.

Sources reported that A-Rod has a new hitting tutor in the off season: Barry Bonds (SFGate, Jan. 20).

Bonds, who has worked with hitters across the league, is working with Rodriguez in San Rafael in California at the Future Prospects Facility.

Aside from their reputation in the steroid era, the pair have a combined 1,416 homers. No surprise the duo will turn a few heads.

Yanks deal Germen for cash

Yankees games to WPIX

The Yankees will be moving channels — at least for a few games (SBJ, Jan. 20).

Twenty-one games of the Yankees season will now air on WPIX, a station they used to be on. The Yankees slate of games will air alongside a 25-game slate of games for the Mets.

The YES Network will still produce the games, so the same set of announcers will still be around.

These games would normally have aired on channel 9, WOR, but the two sides couldn’t come to an agreement and the Yankees jumped back to WPIX.