Brian Cashman on A-Rod playing defense: ‘He just can’t do it’
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman railed against the notion of Alex Rodriguez ever putting on a fielder’s glove and playing some defense, saying the 40-year-old designated hitter simply isn’t capable of it anymore.
“He just can’t do it [play the field], so I see no sense in belaboring it,” Cashman said of Rodriguez, via the New York Post. “He is not capable of being anything but a bat at this stage of his career. So I will not worry about what I can’t control. He is a DH.”
It became quickly clear that the Yankees had no intentions of relying upon Rodriguez to play in the field once he returned from his one-year suspension when the team signed Chase Headley to a four-year, $52 million deal ahead of the 2015 MLB season.
Cashman clearly stated after signing Headley in December 2014 that he was the Yankees’ everyday third baseman and A-Rod was its everyday DH.
Rodriguez did manage to get on the field for a handful of games last season, four at third base and two at first base. He filled in solidly if not spectacularly in a small sample size — although he appeared to struggle with the switch to first in those games.
But with Greg Bird, who appeared in 56 games last season in relief of regular first baseman Mark Teixeira, out for the season after undergoing surgery on a torn labrum earlier this week, the thought was that A-Rod would be able to serve as a spot backup for Teixeira.
That apparently doesn’t seem to be the case from Cashman’s perspective.