While Yankees GM Brian Cashman said the organization did not consider former third baseman Alex Rodriguez to be a serious candidate for their managerial vacancy, he said he valued Rodriguez's input in what direction the team should head toward.
"I reached out to Alex a number of times, 'Hey, what do you got?'" Cashman said on Friday, according to the New York Daily News' Amara Grautski. "I looked for a lot of guidance from a lot of people that I have a lot of respect for, and Alex knows baseball as well as anybody. So he certaintly connected with me about what his thoughts are and the type of people he thinks we should [go for]."
Cashman said on Friday he narrowed his choices down to the six people who interviewed for the vacancy: newly-retired outfielder Carlos Beltran, Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson, Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens, Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward, former Indians and Mariners manager Eric Wedge and former player and current MLB analyst Aaron Boone.
Rodriguez posted a video on Wednesday explaining what the Yankees should look for in Joe Girardi's replacement, even getting the endorsement of his girlfriend Jennifer Lopez, however Cashman said Rodriguez "never expressed interest in any way, shape or form," according to Grautski.
"I engaged him, but -- I don't want to speak for him -- but I don't think he has any interest in that position," Cashman said.