Yankees GM Brian Cashman conducted a telephone interview with the Associated Press earlier today and of course, the subject of Alex Rodriguez came up. Cashman told the AP that he believes Rodriguez's days as a third baseman are over and he is banking on A-Rod the DH saying, "We look forward to him hopefully solidifying himself as a tremendous DH for us." Well, yes, we all know that 39 year-old Rodriguez won't be needed in the field as much, unless new third baseman Chase Headley hurts himself, but the idea that Rodriguez will be the full-time DH with all of the other "old" guys on the roster who will probably need half days from time to time is slightly amusing to me. Does Cashman really believe that Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran won't need a breather? Or even Headley?
Cashman also said, "I can't expect Alex to be anything." and added, "Even before the suspension, he wasn't the same player at third base on the defensive or offensive side."
Rodriguez, who served a year-long suspension, is hoping to make a comeback. He is also owed a boatload of money for the next three seasons ($61M) so unless the Yankees just cut their losses or find a team to take on that behemoth of a contract, Rodriguez will have to play in some capacity.