‘‘Youk has always been a tough out,’’ Rodriguez said. ‘‘He’s a tough player, a winning player. Whatever the franchise wants to do, I think that'll be a good move for us.’’
Several times on Saturday, he drew the parallel back to 2009, when he started the season rehabbing from hip surgery and the Yankees wound up winning a championship. He can envision a similar script in 2013.
‘‘Don’t count us out,’’ Rodriguez said. ‘‘We are the New York Yankees.’’