Found November 07, 2012 on
If the New York Yankees cannot trade third baseman Alex Rodriguez, they likely will need to find a player who could spell both Rodriguez and shortstop Derek Jeter.
Rodriguez, 37, made 38 of his 119 starts at designated hitter last season, and that number only figures to increase as he continues to lose mobility.
Jeter, 38, is recovering from surgery on his left ankle. While he is expected to be back by Opening Day, his availability could be limited early in the season.
The Yankees are not without alternatives: Eduardo Nunez, 25, plays both short and third, while Eric Chavez, 34, again could help at third if he re-signs as a free agent.
The team, however, needed to rely upon journeyman Jayson Nix at times last season, and would be in a similar position again if players higher on the depth chart suffered injuries.
An upgrade over Nix would give the Yankees further protection against issues with Rodriguez and/or Jeter — and both the free-agent and trade markets offer possible solutions.
Among free agents
BEST OF MAXIM
This time, Russ, George and I discuss the future (and past) of Alex Rodriguez. Will he be a Yankee next season? Who would take a chance on him? Is he still a first ballot Hall of Famer?
Eugene: Flat out – what are the chances A-Rod is in a Yankees uniform next year?
Russ: None…really? I have more of a chance.
Eugene: I don’t see how they could trade his contract – $114M...
HERE TO STAY
Despite persistent rumors and speculation to the contrary, Yankees GM Brian Cashman insisted to reporters that the team has no intention of trading Alex Rodriguez.
Brian Cashman really wants everyone to stop asking him about Alex Rodriguez.
The Yankees general manager reiterated on Wednesday that the Yankees will not be trading Rodriguez, despite any previous rumor of the contrary.
“I’ve already been on record right after the postseason, we’re not trading Alex. So hopefully the Alex stuff stops,” Cashman told reporters at the GM meetings...
For all those excitedly anticipating a winter of Alex Rodriguez trade rumors, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is here to disappoint you.
"We're not trading Alex," Cashman insisted Wednesday on the first day of the general managers meetings. "So, hopefully the Alex stuff has stopped.
"I'm reiterating: We're not trading Alex Rodriguez...
The New York Yankees are not trading Alex Rodriguez. General manager, Brian Cashman would prefer if all the talk about Rodriguez’s status as a Yankee would go away.
“I’ve already been on record right after the postseason, we’re not trading Alex,” he said. “So hopefully the Alex stuff stops. I’m reiterating, we’re not trading Alex Rodriguez. I’ve talked to every...
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