Alex Rodriguez takes reps at first base for first time in career

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According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Alex Rodriguez took some ground balls at first base yesterday for the first time in his career. Chase Headley is expected to be the team’s regular third baseman this season, so Yankees manager Joe Girardi wants if Rodriguez can be a potential backup to Mark Teixeira. It was only one workout, but A-Rod is game for the opportunity.

“It was fun. Any time I’m on the field, I’m just happy,” Rodriguez said. “But I’ve got a good tutor in Tex.”

The transition didn’t exactly get off to the smoothest start, as A-Rod’s new first base mitt went missing for a brief time. It was eventually found atop another player’s locker. Simple mistake or an act of sabotage? Story to come in a New York tabloid near you.

This isn’t A-Rod’s first position change, as he previously made the transition from shortstop to third base after joining the Yankees in 2004. This is obviously a different situation, though. If all goes according to plan for the Yankees, the 39-year-old might only see a handful of games at first base this season.

Mets sign Ervin Santana to a minor league deal

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The Mets have signed pitcher Ervin Santana to a minor league deal.

Santana was most recently with the White Sox who designated him for assignment and subsequently released him in late April. It was a earned release, as he allowed 14 runs on 19 hits and six walks with five strikeouts over 13.1 innings before being cut. He only made five starts with the Twins in 2018 due to a an injury, but he was an All-Star in 2017 so why not kick the tires?

Santana will report to extended spring training to kick off the rust. Your guess is as a good as mine as to when or if he’ll pitch in New York this year.