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Alex Rodriguez returns to Yankees as special advisor


Former Yankees legend Alex Rodriguez is officially returning to New York in 2018, albeit not to join a lineup stacked with Baby Bombers.’s Bryan Hoch reports that A-Rod has been kept on as a special advisor to the team, a role he first accepted after his retirement in 2016.

The three-time MVP and 14-time All-Star originally assisted managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner during his post-retirement gig with the club in 2016 and 2017, but is expected to report to GM Brian Cashman this season. He will be joined by former players Reggie Jackson, Hideki Matsui and Nick Swisher.

“These are exciting times for the New York Yankees, and I do not take this opportunity for granted,” Rodriguez said in a statement Sunday. “I am genuinely thankful for the trust the organization has placed in me, and I am looking forward to lending whatever support or expertise is needed of me. I continue to cherish The Pinstripes, the fans and my involvement with the Steinbrenner family, Brian Cashman, and his world-class staff.”

In addition to his new responsibilities with the team, Rodriguez will join the Sunday Night Baseball crew at ESPN and continue his work as an analyst for FOX Sports. He’s expected to make an appearance during spring training sometime this month, though an official date has yet to be announced.

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.