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Alex Rodriguez rumors: Joe Girardi expects A-Rod to return

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he expects Alex Rodriguez to be his starting third baseman next season.

Alex Trautwig

With New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez in the middle of several rumors, manager Joe Girardi told reporters, including Dan Martin of The New York Post, that he expects the veteran to be his starting third baseman next season:

"I expect Alex to be our every day third baseman," Girardi said at Yankee Stadium Wednesday. "What’s he gonna have to show me? That he’s healthy and ready to go and that we have no concerns if we put him out there every day."

Following the Yankees elimination from the American League Division Series, rumors began spreading that the team was considering trading Rodriguez. In the speculated deals, the Yankees would pick up a large portion of A-Rod’s salary to help facilitate a trade.

However, given his 10-and-5 rights, Rodriguez has the power to veto any trade proposal. It was rumored that he would consider a trade if it would be to a contender, but he later denied this and said he expected to be back with the Yankees next season.

Rodriguez is owed $114 million over the next five seasons, and he once again experienced decline this year. The 37-year-old hit .272/.353/.430 with 17 doubles and 18 home runs over 463 at-bats.