TAMPA, Fla.—Being an elder statesman on a team like the Yankees comes with a few benefits. In spring training, that means you don’t have to travel across Florida as your teammates play the Mets in Port. St. Lucie and the Nationals in Viera on Monday.
For 37-year-old Carlos Beltran and 39-year-old Alex Rodriguez, it means the two oldest Yankees get to stay in Tampa as manager Joe Girardi tries to save their bodies from the wear and tear of three-plus hour bus rides to games on Florida’s east coast.
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