NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez will arrive at spring training with some new luggage -- a first base mitt.
Rodriguez, who will return next season from a one-year suspension, still is expected to primarily play third base and designated hitter.
Cashman also said he plans on having contingency plans at third in case Rodriguez -- who has had two hip surgeries -- can't stay on the field.
"I don't think it's safe to assume that he can play third base," Cashman said. "With his age and missing a full year, you have to have some perspective. This is a very difficult game. Alex is up for that challenge, but I think it's safer to assume that might not be something that he can handle the whole year."
Rodriguez, 39, has three years and $61 million remaining on his contract. The Yankees are pretty certain he won't be the MVP-type player he once was, but hope he can help their offense, which only scored 633 runs in 2014.
"I know one thing, he's a great presence in the lineup when he's healthy," Cashman said. "And we look forward to good health and obviously production. But to assume anything right now on the front end, I can't do that."