After months of conflicting reports of whether or not the New York Yankees were privately hoping that Alex Rodriguez would be suspended for all of 2014 (mainly for the $25M in immediate salary relief), the pinstripes Brian Cashman emphatically and publicly stated in no uncertain terms that the team needs their 3-time American League MVP back. According to ESPNNewYork.com, Cashman commented as such on ESPN Radio’s “The Ian O’Connor Show” Sunday:
“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, 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.”
Is a 2014 return for Rodriguez the lesser of two evils for Cashman?(Credit: USA Today).
In addition to the Biogenesis scandal in which Rodriguez was all over the headlines throughout 2013, he had been recovering from injury, so it’s tough to gauge whether or not he can return to his prime form. The facts are the facts, though, here’s a few on A-Rod
Hasn’t played more than 140 games since 2007 (in which he was 31-years-old)
Hasn’t hit more than 20 HR or 100 RBI since 2010
Hasn’t batted over .290 since 2008
At the age of 38, the likelihood of returning to his prime numbers is slim to none. But can he hit .280, maybe with 25 home runs? How about just play 150 games? I guess we have to get past the suspension hurdle first. A decision is expected by the end of the calendar year at which point the Yankees can plan their 2014 roster with more voracity.
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