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Brian Cashman ‘reached out’ to Alex Rodriguez during managerial search

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman on Friday indicated the organization has concluded interviews for its open managerial position. And it appears Alex Rodriguez has played a role in the search for a new skipper.

“I reached out to Alex a number of times [and asked] ‘Hey, whaddya got?’” Cashman said, via Newsday. “I looked for a lot of guidance from a lot of people that I have respect for and Alex knows baseball as well as anybody. He certainly connected with me about what his thoughts are and the types of people he thinks we should play on.”

Rodriguez previously expressed no interest in the job, despite girlfriend Jennifer Lopez campaigning for him. It would seem, though, the former Yankees star — who was named to the role of special advisor through 2017 upon his retirement — has had Cashman’s ear during the skipper search.

The Yankees general manager was asked on Friday whether Rodriguez ever threw his hat in the ring for the job.

“He never expressed interest in any way, shape or form,” Cashman said. “I engaged him. I don’t want to speak for him, but I don’t think he has any interest in that position.”

As far as who stands to become the next manager of the Yankees, the list appears to have six candidates: Carlos Beltran, Aaron Boone, Hensley Meulens, Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge and Chris Woodward. How much impact A-Rod will have on the process going forward remains to be seen.