Alex Rodriguez’s contract with the Yankees would have expired Wednesday — if the team didn’t release him more than a year ago with $27 million stilled owed to him. But just because the organization’s financial commitment to the former slugger is over doesn’t mean team owner Hal Steinbrenner isn’t interested in keeping A-Rod around. Steinbrenner said he intends to discuss Rodriguez’s plans with him for next season and wouldn’t rule out having him stay with the Yankees. “Haven’t talked to him yet about his plans for next year. … Family, broadcasting, etc.,” Steinbrenner said in an email on Wednesday. “I will though. He seems to really enjoy working with our young players. And … we have plenty of them in the system coming up. As well as on the Varsity club.’’ Despite his sordid history, Rodriguez has often been praised for his ability to assist younger players and there figure to be plenty of openings throughout the organization. While the Yankees got to Game 7 of the ALCS, manager Joe Girardi wasn’t brought back and none of the coaches have contracts for next season. Rodriguez spent the last season as a special adviser to Steinbrenner, but made only a few appearances in Tampa at spring training.