NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Last week, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said a conversation with Alex Rodriguez was on his “to-do list.”
According to the New York Post, Girardi recently made contact with A-Rod, whose status in New York’s lineup was a daily storyline throughout the playoffs.
“Joe knows Alex is sensitive and needed to have a conversation,” a source told the Post. “He couldn’t go into the winter not knowing what was going on and wanted to clear his head. Now, both of them are ready to go.”
There was much speculation over A-Rod’s future in the Bronx after his disastrous postseason. He was benched for three games, pulled from a few others, and found himself embroiled in “Flirtgate” after, well, reportedly flirting with a woman at Yankee Stadium late in Game 1 of the ALCS.
“I’m always worried about whatever move I make, how it affects the club, how it affects a player,” Girardi said at his season-ending press conference. “As we move forward, I’ll get a temperature on it, keep track of it and see how it’s going.”
A-Rod is due $114 million over the five years remaining on his contract. Girardi has said he expects Rodriguez to be his “everyday” third baseman in 2013, and general manager Brian Cashman all but guaranteed Rodriguez’s return.
The Yankees wasted no time getting a start on the offseason. The club picked up options on Curtis Granderson, Robinson Cano and David Aardsma on Monday.
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