Girardi: Cano wasn't happy hitting second

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Joe Girardi made his State of the Winter Meetings address on Tuesday and he covered a number of subjects:

CANO WOES: Girardi basically confirmed a New York Post report that Robinson Cano was none too pleased about batting second at times during the Yankees' injury-plagued 2013.

"He didn't tell me he was unhappy, but there were things that I heard and I sat down and talked to him," Girardi said. "He was like, 'Whatever you need.'"

Girardi said he hoped the Yankees would keep Cano, but these things happen in the age of the 10-year deals.

"I'm sure St. Louis never thought they were going to lose Albert Pujols," Girardi said. "When someone throws that type of deal in front of you, it is hard to say no."

PINEDA HOPES: Girardi confirmed the fifth starter spot will be a spring training competition between Michael Pineda, David Phelps, Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno.

Pineda would figure to be the favorite, if healthy.

TEXT-ROD: Girardi said he has been texting with Alex Rodriguez. It is mostly just checking in to see how he is doing. Girardi said he didn't think the Yankees could minimize the distraction A-Rod would pose if he ever were to return to the team.

The decision on Rodriguez's appeal of his drug suspension is expected early next year.

COLLISION COURSE: MLB might rid the sport of home plate collisions, but Girardi doesn't necessarily think that is a good decision.

"I could go either way, but I still believe it is part of the game," Girardi said.

Girardi, a former catcher, said he played football and liked the contact.