Joe Girardi expects Alex Rodriguez to be the starting third baseman for the Yankees next season

While rumors began to swirl that the Yankees were discussing a trade with the Marlins involving Alex Rodriguez, manager Joe Girardi was silent. Girardi was also silent in the aftermath of Rodriguez’s benching, as well as his extracurricular activities while in the dugout.

But in his season ending press conference Girardi told reporters that despite the benching and the rumors, he expect Rodriguez back next season. And he expects him to be the starting third baseman for the Yankees.

“I expect Alex to be our every-day third baseman,” Girardi said during his end-of-the-year news conference. “What is he going to have to show me? That he is healthy and ready to go.

“That’s the bottom line — that he has no concerns and we have no concerns about putting him out there every day.”

Girardi has not spoken to Rodriguez since the season ended but said he will meet with the third baseman to determine if there was any fallout in their relationship as a result of the benchings.

“That is still on the ‘to-do’ list,” Girardi said.

Girardi seems to be committed, but the question is are Cashman and the Yankees brass committed to A-Rod as well?

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