Recommendation: "It's not like I'm going to hang phones up on anybody who wants to make any overtures about anything," Cashman told ESPN Radio on Sunday. "You're talking about realistic stuff and unrealistic stuff. I don't think it's realistic at all for us to be moving forward with anything but Alex Rodriguez at third base." Rodriguez, who is still owed $114 million over the next five years, struggled mightily in the postseason, but Cashman said, "He's still an above-average third baseman. ... That means despite the contract that we had committed to him, that he's an asset at this stage still. I don't see us doing anything there. I don't anticipate it. If someone wants to make phone calls, we're more than willing to do all that stuff with any of our players, and that's fine. You can run into something that way." Even if someone makes an intriguing deal for Rodriguez, the 37-year-old has the power to block any trade, and he said earlier in the week that he plans to re! turn to the Yankees next season.
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