The Yankees are well aware they going to be without Alex Rodriguez for the 2014 campaign, and Derek Jeter made it clear the Yankees were going to have to move on without him.
“We know the fact that he’s not here,” Jeter said after working out at the team’s Minor League complex. “It’s a complicated situation, but it’s pretty much played out. That’s what has happened.
“It is what it is. He’s not here for this season, so we’re going to have to find ways to win with the team that we have.”
Jeter said he exchanged text messages with Rodriguez, but wouldn’t go into detail about them. When asked if he’s pleased with Rodriguez’s decision, Jeter said this:
“For us, look, we show up and we do our job. The situation that he’s in is a situation that affects him. You’d have to ask him how he feels about it, if he’s glad that it’s over with. It’s not something that’s weighing on our minds when we’re playing games. It’s a situation that he has to deal with. Now it’s over and it’s done with, and we’ll move on from there. But you’d have to ask him how he feels about that.”
Jeter told the media the Yankees are used to dealing with distractions and they would deal with Rodriguez’s situation no differently.
“[There's] always something going on, but it’s not a distraction unless it’s something that you have to talk about all the time,” he said. “I can’t tell you what he’s thinking. I can’t tell you if he’s glad about this or glad about that. You’ve got to ask him. For us, we don’t have to deal with it. It’s over and done with. It’s a situation that he has to deal with. It is what it is. He’s not going to be here this year, so we’ve got to find ways to get it done.”