I knew it was too good to be true, as Alex Rodriguezcannot stay out of the headlines and this time the news has a trickling effect.
The New York Post is reporting that, New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez is expected to have surgery on his hip and could miss the first half of the 2013 season.
UPDATE 2:15pm: YANKEES CONFIRM A-ROD IS HAVING SURGERY ON HIS LEFT HIP. READ OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE HERE.
This is a HUGE blow to a team who is already attempting to fill holes on its roster without spending any money.
GM Brian Cashman, who is down at baseball’s annual winter meetings this week, is already in need of a starting catcher, right outfielder and bench depth so adding third baseman to the list is certainly not ideal.
Prior to this news, the Yankees left infield was already in flux with shortstop Derek Jeter coming back from a surgically repaired broken ankle, leaving his timetable undetermined.
So, this means that the Yankees could very well be without a starting shortstop and third baseman Opening Day of the 2013 season.
See, GM Brain Cashman is hogged tied because the Yankees new reign will not spend the money to retool the Yankees into a World Series caliber team for the 2013 season.
It seem that Hal Steinbrenner is trying to rebuild and save a buck, but that is kind of hard to do when the farm system is rotting at the top.
So, what is Cashman to do?
1) First, I would run and re-sign Ichiro Suzuki before he gets enticed by another ball club.
As according to a tweet from CBS Sports Jon Heyman, Ichiro Suzuki is now heeding offers from other teams, as he no longer wants to wait on the Yankees.
Ichiro said to be reaching out to other teams now (philly could be one). Belief strong he badly wants to stay w/ NYY tho.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 2, 2012
This could spell big trouble for the Yankees, as everyone knows that they don’t want to spend an extra dollar for a player and would rather let someone go elsewhere.
It is not secret that Cashman is only allotted to give one-year deals so another team only has to offer Ichiro two-years, and he is as good as theirs.
Ichiro’s growing impatience with the Yankees lack of interest typically is a deal breaker and not a contract because ego does play a part, which entails feeling wanted.
2) Cashman needs to go and talk to his bosses NOW.
It is time to ask Hal Steinbrenner what his true sentiments are for the 2013 season, does he want to win or not?
And if Hal declares the former, which I presume he will, then it is time to shelf all dreams of having a payroll of $189 million in 2014.
Cashman needs to break the news to Hal that it is time to suck it up, and start behaving more like daddy or else he is going to have a mutiny on his hands.
See, Cashman is hogged tied because it seem that Hal Steinbrenner is trying to rebuild to save a buck, but that is kind of hard to do when the farm system is rotting at the top. Bottom-line is the Yankees need to retool and with this A-rod news it is now longer a choice.
3) Go ink a big-name starting catcher like AJ Persenski before the Dodgers do. Look the fact is that Eli Whiteside, Austin Romine, Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart are NOT viable starting catchers group if a team is planning to make the playoffs.
A top catcher is vital to a team who wants to win a World Series, just look at Buster Posey and Yadier Molina. And the Yankees are used to an everyday catcher that hits for power so making up for Martin’s 21-homers they need to bring in a big name, who can handle an older pitching staff so Persenski is an ideal choice.
Give him $20 million for 3-years; or $15 million for 2-years with incentives but please at least put up a fight as this new “man-down” mantra is embarrassing. And they offered that to Martin last Spring Training so what is the difference now?
Cashman’s to do list is way longer than the above but that is the order of what I think his top three priorities should be.
Whether this is even viable depends greatly on whether Hal Steinbrenner caves or not so #3 relies on a successful #2 so I am not holding my breath.
All I can say is that for the Yankees to be a playoff contender a lot needs to be done, and that entails to signing players that makes the Yankees better instead of utilizing “placeholders” just to get by.
The Yankees have never been a team that downgrades, and the fact that Cashman has been forced to admit this has made me sick to my stomach.
Well, until the Yankees brass announces a huge slash single game ticket prices; or they start giving a hoot about winning again…. all this spells is g-r-e-e-d to me.