During the offseason, the Yankees signed Chase Headley to be their everyday third basemen. But as far as Alex Rodriguez is concerned, his job at third base is only his to lose.
“Alex’s mind is that job’s not Headley’s, it’s Alex’s to lose,” a source told Newsday. “That’s what he thinks. Alex is going into training camp thinking that he is the starting third baseman, that if there’s a competition, Headley’s got to win it from him. It doesn’t matter about the money, what they signed Headley for. This guy [Rodriguez] can play.”
When Brian Cashman heard Alex Rodriguez’s mindset when it comes to his third base job, he said, “We signed our third baseman, but Alex has to come in to compete for as much playing time as he can possibly get, so I would expect him to come in to be a two-way player, which is offense and defense.”
Rodriguez, who has three-years and $61 Million left on his contract, can report to Spring Training before February 25th, the mandatory date for when position players are slated to report.
“A lot of guys go into Tampa early on their own. It’s a voluntary thing,” Cashman said. “If people want to come in, our offices on the minor-league side are open. He’s a member of our team. He’s got full access like anybody else.”
Along with getting ready for the season, Rodriguez is also expected to address the media about his year-long drug suspension.
“Alex learned a lot in the last year,” the source said, “and by the time he gets back on the field, it will almost be a year and a half. He’s changed as a person. He’s put his head down and he’s working hard because he ..read more