OAKLAND -- Alex Rodriguez is baseball's active home run leader, cashes the sport's biggest paychecks and -- according to a Sports Illustrated poll of Major League players -- the game's most overrated player.
Rodriguez laughed off the magazine's findings, as 18 percent of the 185 players polled listed A-Rod on their ballots to earn the dubious honors.
"I've been on this list before," Rodriguez said. "I'll see you guys next summer again."
Yankees players appeared in the top three spots, according to SI, which will release the issue on Wednesday. Rodriguez won't run out to buy a copy, but said that appearing on the list wasn't a bad thing.
"I think it will be like that for the rest of my career. It's been like that for a long time. I think it's pretty amusing," Rodriguez said.
"My focus is really just on this team, on the game and on working on my craft each and every day. I'm just glad this is what we're talking about, because that means things are going pretty good."
Joba Chamberlain came out as the second-most overrated player, named on 12 percent of ballots cast, while Derek Jeter ranked third with 7 percent.
"I guess I'm disappointed that I'm not No. 1," said Chamberlain, who actually did hold those honors in 2010. "I don't care. My bills are still paid and I still have a job. You can call me whatever you want, just don't call me late for dinner."
Chamberlain howled through an interview with reporters discussing the poll and used the opportunity to rib Rodriguez about overtaking the throne.
"I guess I passed the torch on to Al," Chamberlain said. "Everybody is entitled to their opinion; that's why this country is so great. ... I could care less, as long as I'm still getting outs and doing the things I need to do. I'm doing my job and that's all that matters."
Jeter -- who coincidentally was SI's Sportsman of the Year two years ago -- was clearly not amused by the magazine's suggestion.
"We're doing this again? I'm focused on more positive things," said Jeter, who added that he did not participate. "I've never understood those anonymous polls."
Jayson Werth of the Nationals was fourth and the Red Sox's Jonathan Papelbon was fifth, according to SI. Interestingly, all five players have World Series rings.
"People are going to vote the way they're going to vote, but I like my guys," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Those guys have had success, we won a World Series with these guys, so I like them."
Rodriguez said that he did not remember being asked to participate by the magazine, but added he probably wouldn't have responded to that particular question.
"I think playing in the Major Leagues is so hard, everyone playing in the Majors is a great player," Rodriguez said. "I have so much respect for anyone that wears a Major League uniform, I would never answer that."
Catcher Martin returns to Yankees' lineup
OAKLAND -- Yankees catcher Russell Martin returned to the lineup on Tuesday, one day after he was scratched with a sore left big toe.
Martin aggravated an earlier injury when he fouled a ball off his left foot in New York's extra-inning loss to the Mariners on Saturday at Safeco Field.
He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the Yankees' 10-3 drubbing of the A's.
"It's better today. It's a bruise in a bad spot," Martin said. "If I stop suddenly when I'm running, it's sore. If I get a foul tip on there, it's sore. Swinging doesn't really bother me. It's just nagging, nothing more than that."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi removed Martin early from the game, but said that was because he plans to have Martin catch Wednesday's matinee against Oakland.
Martin left the Oakland Coliseum wearing soft Ugg boots for comfort and said that the original injury came about three weeks ago during batting practice, leading to a blood bruise under the toenail.
"Someone was hitting ground balls and I was rounding second base, going first to third, and I ran right into a ground ball and kicked it pretty hard," Martin said. "The first time was worse."
Posada likely to continue sitting against lefties
OAKLAND -- Joe Girardi has not sat down with Jorge Posada to discuss his future as the designated hitter, but the Yankees manager now views the spot as a straight platoon.
"You could look at it that way," Girardi said.
With lefties Brett Anderson and Gio Gonzalez set to go for the Athletics, Andruw Jones is set to DH on Tuesday and Alex Rodriguez will likely get a turn in the role on Wednesday. Girardi also likes the idea of using the DH spot as a half day for Derek Jeter at times.
Posada had another chance against a left-handed pitcher on Monday, as Girardi left him in to face Craig Breslow in the seventh inning of New York's 5-0 win. Breslow struck out Posada, who is now 0-for-27 against southpaws in 2011.
"Jorge hasn't had success right-handed this year, but he's had success in the past," Girardi said. "It's just kind of worked out that way. [Brett Gardner has] hit left-handers as well and Andruw Jones has hit them lately."
Batting .169 (23-for-136) in 42 games, Posada hasn't started against a lefty since May 7, when he saw the Rangers' Derek Holland. Girardi said that he wasn't sure if Posada would get another start against a left-handed pitcher.
"I can't say that I won't, but I can't say that I necessarily will," Girardi said. "I don't want to get boxed in here."