Alex Rodriguez might be back with the Yankees next year.

Not as a player. We're going to assume A-Rod is retired for good.

And not as manager, as we're also going to assume A-Rod will not be succeeding Joe Girardi.

His 2017 gig with the Yankees, special advisor to owner Hal Steinbrenner, may continue in 2018.

"Haven't talked to him yet about his plans for next year," Steinbrenner told the New York Post in an email. "I will though."

Rodriguez, 42, agreed to be a part-time special advisor job for the 2017 season prior to the Yankees releasing him in August 2016 with a season to go at $21 million on his 10-year, $275 million contract.

He did some work last fall in the Florida Instructional League, then worked with players for two days last spring training before leaving to attend Oscars parties in Los Angeles. That's around the time he broke up with Silicon Valley girlfriend Anne Wojcicki and started dating Jennifer Lopez.

Ever since, A-Rod hasn't been around the Yankees much.

No matter, it appears Steinbrenner is interested in A-Rod spending some time advising the Yankees young talent.