Hal Steinbrenner has another offer for Alex Rodriguez: How about starting your new gig as a minor-league mentor before the end of the season?
Steinbrenner, speaking at the owners meetings in Houston, said he plans to contact A-Rod to ask if he would be willing to visit the Yankees’ Single-A team in Tampa before the minor-league season ends next month.
Now that Rodriguez’s spokesman has said A-Rod is not going to play again this season, Steinbrenner would like the former Yankee to get started on his new role with the club as soon as he wants.
“It’s very flexible,’’ Steinbrenner said, according to USA Today. “It was intended to be a very flexible situation. We talked to him about it as an option. And I just wanted to let him know about his option . . .
“When I talked to him about the kids, with two of our top five prospects sitting right there in Tampa, I told him what a fantastic opportunity. And frankly, as good as he is, I can’t think of anybody better to bring there, even for two weeks or a week, to work with these kids. Next year, the plan would be that he’s all over the place.’’
Steinbrenner said he has not talked to A-Rod about what the Yankees would say if he wanted to play for another team in 2017, which Rodriguez has not ruled out. Steinbrenner also told the Associated Press that Rodriguez’s final week in pinstripes “was unfortunate at times, but we all got through it.”