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.”
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.
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