Alex Rodriguez won't attempt 2017 comeback, will serve as Yankees special advisorSpokesman tells the Daily News that A-Rod is "enjoying his time off"
When A-Rod was released by the Yankees last August, the idea was that he would sit out the remainder of 2016 before spending the final year of his contract as an advisor; rumors of a 2017 comeback somewhere else have run rampant since that day, but Rodriguez's spokesman, Ron Berkowitz, put those rumors to rest in talking to the New York Daily News on Wednesday.
"Alex is enjoying his time off and looking forward to heading to spring training to work with the young guys as he has said all along," Berkowitz told the Daily News.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is looking forward to meeting "mentor" A-Rod, but he also told the Daily News that if Rodriguez does want to play again, the Yankees won't stand in his way.
"Alex would work directly for Hal (Steinbrenner); all the parameters have been vocalized and they remain the same from last year, and he's certainly invited to participate in spring training," Cashman said. "We welcome the opportunity for him to impact our young players at spring training, but Alex is also free to do as he pleases, if he wants to try and keep playing."
Nor will the Yankees balk if A-Rod is offered an outside opportunity, like continuing the broadcasting work he began over the last two postseasons with FOX.
"He's got a life to live too, and I'm sure he's going to have a lot of opportunities in broadcasting, in business," Cashman said. "People will be tugging him in a lot of different directions."