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Yankees manager Joe Girardi: Alex Rodriguez remains team’s ‘everyday third baseman’

10.24.12 at 6:25 pm ET

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the club will be sticking with Alex Rodriguez at third base next season.

Girardi, who benched Rodriguez during three of the Yankees‘ nine postseason games, said Rodriguez wouldn’€™t have to compete for the everyday starting position during spring training.

“I expect Alex to be our everyday third baseman,” Girardi said during his end-of-the-year news conference. “What is he going to have to show me? That he is healthy and ready to go.’€

Rodriguez was without a hit in 18 at-bats against righties in the postseason and finished the season without a home run in his final 93 at-bats.

Girardi said he would meet with Rodriguez in the offseason to talk about his health and the upcoming season.

The Yankees could try to trade the 14-time-All-Star, but Rodriguez could block any deal. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman previously said that he would consider trade offers for any player but isn’t actively trying to move A-Rod.

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