Derek Jeter says Yankees have to move on without Alex Rodriguez

Rob Carr

Jeter has some very diplomatic non-things to say about the A-Rod situation.

On Monday, Derek Jeter spoke to the media about Alex Rodriguez, his suspension and his decision to drop his federal appeal. Jeter said, "It's a situation that he has to deal with. Now it's over and it's done with, and we'll move on from there," according to the AP.

Last week, Rodriguez ended his attempt to overturn the 162-game suspension levied upon him by Major League Baseball. He was suing both MLB and the Players' Union on the grounds that the arbitration process that resulted in the suspension was not up to snuff. But now that the cases have been dismissed, all that's left for him to do is serve out his season-long suspension.

Jeter said that he has communicated with Rodriguez via text recently, but told reporters they would have to ask him themselves if they would like to know how he feels about it all. Jeter, ever the statesman, had nothing but careful, diplomatic answers to the reporters' queries.

As for the Yankees, they will be moving on with free-agent signee Kelly Johnson presumably manning the hot corner. Johnson spent last season with the Rays as a utility man, posting a decently average .235/.305/.410 batting line while playing four positions. Can Masahiro Tanaka play third base on his off days?

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