During the general managers' meetings last month, Brian Cashman was asked about his plans for a player recovering from surgery.
"In fairness to him and the significant injury he had, we're going to put him off to the side," the Yankees GM said of starting pitcher Michael Pineda, who is coming off shoulder surgery. "His rehab will take him into late May, June. It's best for us to pretend he's not even there and then have him sneak up on us. And I hope he does. But I'm not going to count on him. I don't think that's going to be fair.
"Our fans need us to put something there you feel good about. I don't want to put something there to take care of April and May, and then lock in, 'June on, we're going to have this guy.' That would be a mistake."
So, do the Yankees need to plan for life without Alex Rodriguez?
The answer is yes.
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