FOX Sports CEO Eric Shanks reached out to Alex Rodriguez before the network hired Derek Jeter for the MLB pregame show, according to a report.

Rodriguez gave FOX the green light to hire Jeter, who he's had a rocky relationship with since they started their baseball careers.

"Why wouldn't we reach out?" FOX spokesman Andrew Fegyveresi said.

Jeter is scheduled to start in June during the Saturday game of the London series and then appear on Fox's marquee events, including the All-Star game and World Series.