Alex Rodriguez expected to start Yankees special advisor job soon
Alex Rodriguez is expected to being working in his role as New York Yankees special advisor sooner rather than later, according to Gary Denbo, the team’s vice president of player development.
Rodriguez and Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner hammered out an agreement before the slugger’s release that he would serve in an advisory role in the coming offseason and perhaps beyond.
With the Yankees’ top prospects set to descend upon the Florida Instructional League on Sept. 19, Denbo expressed hope A-Rod will be present and serve as an instructor, although no exact date has been determined.
“I’m very pleased to have somebody with Alex’s experience and time in the game to be able to share those experiences with our young players,” Denbo told NJ Advanced Media.
Should Rodriguez do some instructing at the Florida Instructional League, two of the Yankees’ top prospects, shortstops Gleyber Torres and Jorge Mateo, presumably would be under his tutelage.
Denbo, though, has some ideas on how to best utilize Rodriguez.
“Our best young players are all going to be part of instructional league,” Denbo said. “I think that would be the most productive use of his time.”
The nature of A-Rod’s advisory role included working “with various players at all levels of the Yankees farm system” as well as top prospects.
“It will benefit not just our players but our managers and coaches as well,” Denbo said. “They’ll be able to listen to a guy who spend so much time in the game, a guy who’s had all kinds of experiences. He’s an outstanding baseball guy and we look forward to having those types around our players.”
Along with his role as a special advisor with the Yankees, Rodriguez also is set to embark upon a career in motivational speaking. While the chance of A-Rod playing in 2017 has been deemed a “long shot” in reports, he has yet to officially announce his retirement.
But if Rodriguez — who last played a game for the Yankees on Aug. 12 — does in fact retire in the coming months, he’s also expected to serve as a special guest instructor at Yankees spring training.