MLB notebook: Yankees manager Girardi unsure of what A-Rod can provide
Yankees manager Joe Girardi won’t know until March what to expect of Alex Rodriguez in 2015.
Rodriguez was limited to 44 games in 2013 following hip surgery then was suspended for all of this season for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract.
Girardi spoke to the third baseman about potentially playing some first base on days Mark Teixeira is given off. Girardi said, “We’re going to have to see where he’s at in spring training. But he’s working and trying to get prepared.”
Rodriguez turns 40 in July but wants to come back to earn the $61 million he is owed in the final three years of his contract.
Tigers target Martinez
Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski said the Tigers’ top priority is re-signing Victor Martinez now that the slugger is a free agent after declining the team’s qualifying offer. He was less optimistic about retaining right-hander Max Scherzer, who also declined a qualifying offer.
Stanton contract talks
Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill told MLB.com that contract talks with right fielder Giancarlo Stanton have been positive. Miami is trying to lock up Stanton, 25, with a long-term deal. He led the NL with 37 homers this past season.
O’s Duquette wins award
Dan Duquette was voted The Sporting News baseball executive of the year after the Orioles won their first AL East title since 1997. Duquette also won the award in 1992 as general manager of the Montreal Expos.
Rays’ Longoria delivers
In Nishinomiya, Japan, Evan Longoria hit a grand slam, and the Major League Baseball All-Stars survived a late rally to beat a split Japan squad 8-7 in an exhibition game Tuesday before their five-game postseason tour.