Since then, though, Rodriguez has taken steps to rehabilitate his image. He has maintained a high public profile since the Yankees released him. He has courted the singer and actress Jennifer Lopez — occasionally posting photos with her on social media — and was praised for his work as a baseball analyst for Fox the last two postseasons.
This season, Rodriguez will work as an analyst for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, filling the vacancy created when Aaron Boone departed the network to become manager of the Yankees. Coincidentally, Rodriguez also replaced Boone as the Yankees’ third baseman in 2004 when they acquired him from the Texas Rangers after Boone tore knee ligaments playing basketball in the off-season.
Boone, though he knows Rodriguez only casually, said he expected him to be an asset because of his acuity for the game.
“Everyone understands how smart of a baseball mind he is, and his ability to communicate that sometimes is really something he’s special with — especially for the younger guys,” Boone said.
Manager Aaron Boone said he did not foresee the Yankees adding the free-agent pitchers LANCE LYNN or ALEX COBB, who remain on what has been a depressed market for starting pitching. “At this point, I don’t really see those guys as realistic options, but that’s also something I’ll leave to Cash,” Boone said, referring to General Manager BRIAN CASHMAN … Seattle Seahawks quarterback RUSSELL WILSON, a former minor league baseball player whose rights the Yankees acquired during the off-season, is expected to be in camp Monday to work out and mingle with the team all week. Wilson will not play in games.