New York — Third baseman Alex Rodriguez appears to be returning to the Yankees as a man without a position.
Chase Headley agreed Monday to a four-year, $52 million deal, and said team officials assured him third base was his.
“That was a discussion that we had early on,” Headley said during a conference call. “I feel like the best position on the field for me is third base. That’s where I offer the most to a club.
“So it was important to me. That was something that was resolved fairly quickly.”
Meanwhile, former Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer is not on the Yankees radar, general manager Brian Cashamn said on New York’s NBC affiliate.
“I don’t think Yankee fans will be looking at Max Scherzer,” Cashman said.
Coming off a season-long suspension for violating of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract, Rodriguez is owed $61 million the final three seasons of his 10-year, $275 million deal. Cashman said last month “if I signed or traded for a third baseman, that would be my third baseman.”
Rodriguez turns 40 on July 27. New York could shift him to designated hitter, relegate him to a backup role at third base and first or perhaps even seek trade offers.
“I played against him earlier in my career and said hello to him, and he said hello to me,” Headley said. “I’m looking forward to the chance of playing with Alex. He’s a tremendous player, and I don’t see there being any friction.”
Rodriguez has not played a full season since 2007.
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Bryce Harper and the Nationals came to terms on a two-year, $7.5 million contract, avoiding a grievance hearing.
Harper will receive salaries of $2.5 million in 2015, and $5 million in 2016 from the reigning National league East champions.
Harper, the 2012 NL rookie of the year, had been scheduled to have a $1 million salary in 2015, but the Players Association filed a grievance on his behalf over whether he could void the final season of the five-year, $9.9 million contract.
... Outfielder Alex Rios and the Royals reportedly have agreed to a one-year, $11 million contract.
... Infielder Jed Lowrie and the Astros agreed to a three-year, $23 million contract.
... Ex-Tigers utility player Danny Worth signed a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks which includes an invitation to spring training.
... The Royals signed former Twins right-hander Yohan Pino and designated reliever Casey Coleman for assignment.