Alex Rodriguez has been a lightning rod for controversy in pinstripes, there’s no doubt about that. With a current 200+ game suspension looming in regards to the Bio-genesis scandal (Rodriguez IS appealing) and a massive contract, some might wonder why the Yankees want to keep him around. Well, it looks like Brian Cashman is an A-Rod supporter and doesn’t want him to go anywhere anytime soon.
Speaking on the Ian O’Connor show this morning, Cashman dismissed the theory he would rather have A-Rod’s $25 million wage come off the books in 2014 than see the third baseman win his case against baseball and remain on the active roster.
“If it comes down to, would we want the player we signed to be playing that position without any problems? Absolutely, no question about that,” Cashman said. “I think if people think there’s some sort of benefit by losing that talent, I mean, you can’t replace it. It’s not like, all right, well, Alex is gone. If he winds up getting suspended and it’s upheld, how do you replace that? It’s not easy. It’s not like, all right, we’ll take that money and go in this direction. I think … our fan base saw when we lost significant players at various positions, it was not easy to plug holes because the talent just doesn’t exist.”
Rodriguez, 38, only played in 44 games for the Yankees this season. Limited by injuries, he hit .244 with seven home runs and 19 RBIs in his limited time on the field. Whether or not he’ll be able to even play that many games next season is still in question, as Yankees fans wait in anticipation to see whether or not the appeal of his massive 200+ game suspension in the Bio-genesis PED scandal is held up or not.
“It’s not like going down to a Home Depot and pulling something out that you need that’s broke and you’ve got to fix it,” Cashman said of replacing Rodriguez. “So ultimately from a baseball operations standpoint, taking out all the areas of controversy, having Alex Rodriguez man third base is obviously by far the best option for the Yankees than what the alternatives would be in theory.”
What do you think?
Is Cashman right when he says that A-Rod is irreplaceable?
Should Yankees fans want him on the field in 2014?
Or sitting at home suspended for the entire season?
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