After meeting with new Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred to clear the air over his year-long suspension in 2014,
Rodriguez requested to meet with the Yankees to apologize for his role in the Biogenesis scandal, but was told to wait until spring training. Reports also surfaced that Rodriguez is looking noticeably thinner compared to recent seasons, a source told the New York Post.
Rodriguez is set to report to spring training Feb. 25.
Rodriguez, 39, was suspended for the entire 2014 season due to his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. He hit .244/.348/.423 in 156 at-bats in 2013. He has been training with Barry Bonds in the Bay Area, with designs on starting at third base for the Yankees in 2015. However, New York brought in Chase Headley to play third and general manager Brian Cashman has been adamant about Rodriguez playing more of a DH role this season.
Rodriguez is due $61 million over the next three seasons, along with several home run-based performance bonuses.
Eovaldi added he has worked more on his changeup this offseason in order to move away from a predictable fastball-slider combination.
"It's pretty much No. 1 right now," Eovaldi said. "My goal toward the end of the season, my last two or three games with the Marlins, I was working on a changeup -- kind of like a split-finger [fastball], in a way. It's been feeling great. I felt comfortable with it toward the end of the season last year, and this offseason, I've been able to pick up pretty much where I left off.
"I feel like in a way, because I rely on my fastball so much and my walks were down, batters were starting to be more selective and wait for the fastball. Toward the end of the season, I started moving the ball in and out a lot better, and I'll continue that this year, mixing in offspeed pitches. I think it'll be a different year, for sure."
Rodriguez recently posted two photos on Instagram of him swinging a bat with the caption: "Starting the year in the cage.” The photos were taken in San Rafael, Calif., at the Future Prospects facility owned and run by Charles Scott, who is Bonds’ friend and former Arizona State teammate. Not only has Bonds worked with Rodriguez at this facility, but also major leaguers Michael Morse, Pablo Sandoval, Dexter Fowler and Brandon Crawford.
Sources told John Shea of SFGate.com that the 39-year-old Rodriguez looked good after training for a few weeks at the facility.
Santana has not pitched in the majors since 2012 with the Mets. He's had repeated shoulder problems and is trying to come back from a torn Achilles tendon he suffered last June.
|2014 Team Leaders|
|AVG||Martin Prado , 2B||.282|
|HR||Brian McCann , C||23|
|RBI||Brian McCann , C||75|
|OBP||Chase Headley , 3B||.328|
|SLG||Brett Gardner , LF||.422|
|R||Brett Gardner , LF||87|
|SB||Jacoby Ellsbury , CF||39|
|W||Masahiro Tanaka , SP||13|
|ERA||Hiroki Kuroda , SP||3.71|
|WHIP||Hiroki Kuroda , SP||1.14|
|K||Brandon McCarthy , SP||175|
|SV||David Robertson , RP||39|
|Full Team Statistics|
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