"I went to Sandy and ownership about this," La Russa told the paper. "And they told me flat off, 'Right of privacy. It's a collective bargaining issue.'"
Alderson, who served 15 years as Oakland's GM and oversaw La Russa's entire 10-year managerial tenure there, said he could not recall having that conversation.
"I've spent a lot of time thinking about those kinds of circumstances over the years ... and I have absolutely no recollection whatsoever of any such conversation," Alderson said Monday. "If you go back and look at what I've said on the record, yes, I had my suspicions. Beyond that, I'm just going to respond to what Tony had to say and we'll leave it at that."
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.