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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Yanks on A-Rod: See ya next year

By Andrew Marchand

With Hal Steinbrenner, Randy Levine, Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi all on hand for the Masahiro Tanaka press conference, Alex Rodriguez, of course, was going to come up.

The Yankees didn't say much.

"I haven't thought about it," said Steinbrenner when asked if there is a sense of relief now that the suspension has been settled. "Not good form."

Steinbrenner apparently felt it was not proper for a reporter to broach the A-Rod subject on the day Tanaka was introduced. Cashman declined comment, while Girardi -- who is still texting buddies with A-Rod -- said A-Rod may be a Yankee still in 2015

"It is something that seems to have been settled," Girardi said. "We won't have him until 2015. We'll focus on this year, this year and next year, next year."

After this season, the Yankees still owe Rodriguez $61 million over the next three years. They don't plan to make any decisions until 2015.

"Obviously, you know where you are now and you just move forward," Girardi said.

As for third base in 2014, the Yankees believe Kelly Johnson can handle the left side of a platoon, but don't have much of an idea who will emerge for the right. The candidates include Eduardo Nunez, Scott Sizemore and, Cashman mentioned, Russ Canzler.

Canzler, who has hit lefties well in the minors, has mostly played first, but could get a look at third.