‘‘As far as I know, we’re OK,’’ Girardi said. ‘‘It’s not something I wanted to do. All of you know that. But I don’t have any signals that he’s mad at me.’’
A-Rod, as always, tried to say the right thing.
‘‘If I do what I'm supposed to be doing, neither Joe or Cashman can bench me,’’ he explained.
His stay in New York always was a marriage of money.
After giving A-Rod a record $252 million contract, Texas traded him to the Yankees after three seasons and even agreed to pay $67 million of the $179 million remaining — an amount reduced by $21 million when A-Rod opted out of that deal following the 2007 season. Then the Yankees re-signed him to an even more massive megadeal, as much a weight on their payroll as his bat has become in the batting order.
Following the failure for the third straight year to win the World Series, there will be a slew of decisions. Exercising $15 million options on Cano and Granderson are a given, as is signing Rivera for 2013. They'll likely try to persuade Pettitte to pitch another year and attempt to re-sign Kuroda and possibly Ichiro Suzuki, whose bat was among the few with a sign of life.
Swisher seems set to depart and Ibanez could be one older player too many. Rafael Soriano, who filled in for Rivera, could turn down a $14 million salary for next year, terminate his contract and become a free agent.
‘‘Every year the roster changes,’’ Cashman said.
By now, the front office knows it needs an injection of youth. The wipeout may speed the turnover.
‘‘We got a team of Hall of Famers, superstars,’’ Cano said.
And by the time a player is almost certain of enshrinement in Cooperstown, it means the end is a lot closer than the beginning.