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A-Rod bumped to 2nd on MLB salary list
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A-Rod bumped to 2nd on MLB salary list
Friday November 21st, 2014

New York Yankees president Randy Levine said he is relieved that Alex Rodriguez's contract no longer is the largest in baseball history, The New York Post's Ken Davidoff reports.

Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton signed a 13-year, $325 million contract this week, which eclipsed the 10-year, $275-million deal Rodriguez signed with the Yankees in 2007.

While the 39-year-old Rodriguez still has three years and more than $60 million remaining on his contract, Levine did not hide his pleasure that the Marlins bumped the Yankees down a peg in the record books.

“Thank God,” Yankees president Randy Levine said, laughing, at the quarterly owners’ meetings. “Thank God. Thank God.”

• Nationals open to trading Zimmermann, Fister

Rodriguez was suspended for the entire 2014 season for his involvement in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drugs scandal and is back on the Yankees' roster. Manager Joe Girardi has suggested that Rodriguez, who has only played shortstop and third base during his career, may play some first base this season.

The Yankees finished 84-78 and missed the playoffs last season. They will have to replace shortstop Derek Jeter, who retired after a 20-year career with the team, and outfielder Alfonso Soriano, who also retired.

• Report: Reds discussing trades involving RF Bruce

Levine suggested that the team might not pursue top free agent pitchers Max Scherzer and Jon Lester.

Asked whether the Yankees are in on Scherzer and Lester, Levine said: “We never say no to anyone, but I would not speculate that we are,” due to rules forbidding clubs from discussing their interest or lack thereof in available players.

- Paul Palladino

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