How would Brian Cashman sum up Alex Rodriguez in one word?

“Complicated,” the Yankees general manager said on ESPN’s Sunday Conversation last night. “It’s kind of like the Clint Eastwood movie ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.’ ”

Cashman refused to comment on the third baseman’s ties to Florida anti-aging clinic Biogenesis, which is under investigation by Major League Baseball for alleged steroid distribution. But he did say Rodriguez “couldn’t live up to” his 10-year, $275 million contract.

“It’s something I think Alex would even tell you he couldn’t live up to that,” Cashman said. “He couldn’t live up to it, but he’s doing everything he can to try and do so.”

Rodriguez, 37, still has four years and $86 million left on that deal. He’s out until sometime after the All-Star break recovering from January surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip. Cashman doesn’t foresee A-Rod coming back and being one of the best players in baseball as he once was, but still expects production.

“Hopefully he can return to being at the very least an above-average player at that position because that’s what he’s been for the last few years,” Cashman said. “Once his injuries came into play with him, they may have taken away his ability to be a superstar. But he’s still an above-average player at that position and hopefully that’s what we’re gonna get.”