Girardi called A-Rod to discuss benching, future

Inadvertently or not, the Yankees humiliated Alex Rodriguez when they pinch hit for him and benched him in the playoffs and manager Joe Girardi has been trying to make sure he didn’t alienate him the way Joe Torre did ever since.

First there was the leaked story that Girardi called the Yankee Stadium P.A. announcer with instructions that he didn’t say A-Rod’s name during pinch hitting announcements. Now there is a leaked story that Girardi reached out to A-Rod over the phone this week.

“It was a great conversation,”‘ a source told Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com. “Joe could not have been more supportive, and Alex could not have been more receptive.”

“They’ve got a really great rapport,” the source said. “Alex said, ‘You’re the boss. You’ve got to fill out the lineup card. You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.'”

According to the report, Girardi didn’t call to apologize, but instead explained himself a bit and talked about Alex’s future with the ball club and offseason expectations.

A-Rod has said that he won’t waive his no trade clause to leave the Bronx, but friends have said the opposite is true and that he wouldn’t┬áhesitate┬áto waive it if he were traded to Miami.

Even if he did waive it that doesn’t mean it would be easy to trade him. A-Rod is owed $114 million plus another $4 million in unpaid signing bonuses and up to $30 million more in historic bonus clauses for hitting home runs. So he’s likely going to stick around for the next five years whether the Yankees like it or not which is why Girardi is making such an effort to make sure he’s happy.

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4 Responses to Girardi called A-Rod to discuss benching, future

  1. Tanned Tom says:

    I'd love to trade him to Miami, but for whom? I doubt they'll part with J. Johnson, Buehrle or Reyes, so it would have to be prospects and draft picks. Best thing for the player and the Yanks. Would make the entire off season so much easier.

  2. lumpy says:

    I would pay most of his contract to get rid of him. He is at best a distraction and at worst a rally killing drag on the team's productivity. Supposedly he is well liked in the clubhouse. That surprises me based on what appears to be a real diva personality.

  3. MANNY@BKLYD says:

    i been a fan of this team for the better part of 30 years,A'ROD is not to blame for his contract
    the yankees are;only the yankees where dome enough to give him a10 year deal when there
    waas NO OTHER TEAM NOT EVEN CALLING A'ROD NEVER THE LESS MAKING A OFFER TO HIM.
    SHAME ON THE YANKEES NOT A'ROD.
    KUDOS TO CASHMAN HE TOLD A'ROD YOU OPOUT.

  4. Chuck says:

    If only they knew back then the troubles they would have with A-Rod now.