TAMPA, Fla. - Shortly after signing a four-year, $52-million contract this offseason to play third base for the Yankees, Chase Headley heard from the man not ready to give up the job.
Alex Rodriguez "reached out and introduced himself," Headley said, though the brief conversation did not go much deeper than that.
Certainly not about any prospective competition for the job -- GM Brian Cashman has said there won't be one, that Headley was signed to be the everyday third baseman -- or the fact A-Rod has told confidants this winter he has every intention of making the spring about winning back his old job.
"We didn't talk about that," said Headley, acquired in a deal from the Padres last July. "It was just more of an introduction. I think we both care about winning. That's the most important thing and that's what we talked about. That [other] stuff will sort itself out. I'm not going to concern myself with that. I'm going to come out and try to do the best I can to do my job, and however that shakes out will shake out."
Yankees pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to camp Friday. Position players are slated to report five days later.