NASHVILLE, Tenn. —
“Anybody, anything can happen anytime. I’ve been in the game long enough to understand that,” he said. “I don’t think as managers we can sit here and get caught up on one move or another move and say, well, this is — we can’t worry about that. We’ve got to worry about what we have and how we’re going to get better.
“When we go to spring training, I’m going to look at the names on those lockers, and I’m going to figure out what we’ve got to do to be successful with the names on the lockers, depending on who they are,” he added.
Also in play, maybe: Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco.
Nolasco, who went 12-13 with a 4.48 ERA this year and is signed for $11.5 million next season, asked the payroll-slashing Marlins to deal him in the wake of trades that jettisoned Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Heath Bell and Josh Johnson.
“I just think that he’s just looking for a better situation than he feels what is presented to him in Miami,” agent Matt Sosnick said. “We defer to the fact that we have no control and he’s under contract for another year. The team certainly can do as they please. We felt it was important to make his feelings known.”
The Yankees know Rodriguez won’t be in the lineup on opening day. The 37-year-old third baseman, looking nothing like the slugger who ranks fifth on the career list with 647 homers, will have surgery on his left hip and could be out until the All-Star break.
“It’s a significant blow,” Yankees GM Brian Cashman said. “But we’ve dealt with significant blows and, hopefully, we’ll be able to deal with this one, as well.”
Rodriguez is a 14-time All-Star and baseball’s highest-paid player at $275 million. This will be his sixth stint on the disabled list in six seasons, including a trip in 2009 after surgery on his right hip.