The Yankees’ financial commitment to Alex Rodriguez officially ended on Wednesday, but that doesn’t mean Hal Steinbrenner doesn’t want to keep the former slugger around.
In an email on Wednesday, the managing general partner said, ““I haven’t talked to him yet about his plans for next year. … Family, broadcasting, etc. I will though. He seems to really enjoy working with our young players. And … we have plenty of them in the system coming up. As well as on the Varsity club.’’
A-Rod spent last season as a special adviser to Steinbrenner, and made a few appearances in Tampa during spring training. His biggest impact, however, has come as a broadcaster for Fox where he and former rival David Ortiz make for must see TV.
Whether he wants to stay in television or with the Yankees remains to be seen, but Steinbrenner said he’d “listen’’ if A-Rod wanted to stay with the team.
Despite his rocky history, A-Rod has continuously been praised for his ability to assist younger players, and there will be plenty of opportunities throughout the organization to do just that.