Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is already preparing for his return to baseball in 2015 after serving a season-long suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. Per Yankees manager Joe Girardi, via Chad Jennings of the Lohud Yankees Blog, Rodriguez has been doing two-a-days, working out at the UCLA campus and in Miami.
Rodriguez, however, is not interested in playing baseball in the Dominican Winter League. The Yankees allowed Rodriguez the choice, and Girardi didn’t sound particularly disappointed that Rodriguez opted out of participating.
“There (are) a lot of different avenues,” Cashman said. “If this was an avenue that was one avenue to take and of interest, I needed to do some work, and that was it. This wasn’t a directive that this was what I want you to do. It was (finding out) if this was something you’re interested in doing, and that was that.”
“Winter ball is not one of the avenues that we’re focusing on,” Cashman said. “It’s going to be on his continued workouts, which have always been high-end, and obviously working with some of our field staff in the southern office in Tampa, and going from there and preparing him from a hitting standpoint, fielding standpoint. We’ll deal with it further as we move forward, but that’s where we’re at right now.”
Rodriguez has already passed a physical, which deemed him healthy enough to go through full workouts. The 39-year-old will return with 654 home runs to his name, leaving him six shy of tying Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time list. Rodriguez will earn an additional $6 million per a marketing agreement in the 10-year, $275 million contract he signed with the Yankees in December 2007.