However, Cano was able to leave on his own terms while the Yankees fired Rodriguez and sent him on his way earlier this month. And if there’s one thing players dislike, it’s not being sent out on their own terms.
“They handled it the way they think is right, but I know Alex and nobody would like being released in the middle of the season,” Cano said about Rodriguez prior to Monday night’s game. “But whatever it is, you’ve got to understand this is a business. What else can you do?”
Even with Cano’s departure from the team, he still kept in contact with Rodriguez. After there was much speculation on whether Rodriguez would play again, his representative said he wasn’t interested in playing for the remainder of the 2016 season, but he left 2017 up in the air. Rodriguez left the Yankees four home runs shy of 700, and if Cano was in Rodriguez’s shoes, he would have made an attempt to return to the game to reach the coveted milestone.
“I don’t know if he will play again,” Cano said about Rodriguez following the Yankees 7-5 loss on Monday night. “I would love to see him get 700 home runs. … If I was him, I would play. It’s only four home runs. If it was 20, it would be different.”
Even if Rodriguez doesn’t return to his role as a Major League Baseball player, Cano believes Rodriguez is going to thrive in his advisory role with Hal Steinbrenner and the Yankees.
“He’s gonna be really good,” Cano said. “He’s got a lot of knowledge about the game.”