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Rodriguez: “I’m actually, in many ways, relieved”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 08, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alex Rodriguez is at a charity event in Miami today. Obviously I’m not down there with him, but the Associated Press is. Here’s their story.

MIAMI (AP) — Alex Rodriguez went to see doctors with hopes of finding something wrong. When they actually located a problem, only then did he start feeling a bit better.

The New York Yankees’ third baseman said Saturday that not only are plans set for him to have surgery on his left hip in mid-January, but that he’s also eager to embrace the challenge of coming back from both the operation and an unbelievably abysmal finish to last season. It’s expected that Rodriguez, who will be making his sixth trip to the disabled list in six seasons, could be sidelined until the All-Star break.

“I’m not concerned,” Rodriguez told The Associated Press. “I’m actually, in many ways, relieved that there’s something tangible that we can go fix.”

Rodriguez had surgery on his right hip in 2009, missed about the first month of the season and still finished with 30 home runs and 100 RBIs — plus helped the Yankees win the World Series. This surgery is more complex, since it’ll repair not only a torn labrum but also a bone impingement and a cyst. The surgery is next month because it was determined he needed some time to strengthen the hip first.

“I am fully committed to a very hard road back,” Rodriguez said. “We’ve done it before in ’09 and it was a great result, both on a personal level and on a team level, more importantly. I take it as a great challenge and I’m excited for the challenge.”

A 14-time All-Star and baseball’s priciest player at $275 million, Rodriguez plans to further discuss the hip situation at a news conference later Saturday afternoon.

He batted .120 (3 for 25) with no RBIs in last season’s playoffs, including 0 for 18 with 12 strikeouts against right-handed pitchers. He originally thought he was having issues with the right hip again — he wasn’t — and it wasn’t until November that the issues within the left hip were detected.

Rodriguez finished this past regular season batting .272 with 18 home runs and 57 RBIs. He now has 647 career homers, fifth-most in baseball history and 13 shy of the No. 4 player on that list, Willie Mays.

Rodriguez was in Miami, the city he calls home, on Saturday to host a pair of events for children — his basketball tournament which he started a decade ago, and a toy giveaway at a Boys & Girls Club where he was a member until getting drafted by the Seattle Mariners.

He addressed about 150 players at a breakfast honoring the eight basketball teams in the morning, telling them stories about his upbringing and earliest days as a student and athlete that many in the room did not likely know.

“You’re probably sitting there saying, ‘Now, how can you relate with us? You play for the Yankees. You make all this money. You date so-and-so,’” Rodriguez told the basketball players. “What you guys don’t know is we’re all alike. I was sitting in that chair just 15, 18 years ago. My mom had two jobs. I didn’t know if I would ever have a steak dinner. That didn’t exist in my house.”

He also met privately with some of the athletes afterward, advising them about upcoming decisions, such as what to look for in a college. Rodriguez also posed for several photos with the teams and their coaches.

“I can’t say enough good things about him,” said Brother Kevin Handibode, the president of Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, where Rodriguez attended as a freshman. “I know about all the good work he does, and you don’t hear about it. You just don’t hear about the good that Alex has done in a very, very quiet way.”

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140 Responses to “Rodriguez: “I’m actually, in many ways, relieved””

  1. Against All Odds December 8th, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    austinmac December 8th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    They had a plan. Wait until the expensive guys are signed and see what’s left.

    ————————

    Pretty much but I hope they realize they can’t catch lightning in a bottle every yr

  2. joeman December 8th, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Cano to the Cards…like Craig a lot..not crazy about Lynn

  3. joeman December 8th, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    The New York Yankees’ third baseman said Saturday that not only are plans set for him to have surgery on his left hip in mid-January;
    ——————————–
    don’t think when he has this done……don’t think he’ll play in 2013 anyways

  4. Ys Guy December 8th, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    i know he’s older and it’s his second hip surgery, but it always seems like arod beats the assumed rehab time by a week or more for his various injuries.

    that doesnt mean i think he’ll ever be ‘arod’ again, just that i would expect him back when they say he should be.

  5. Ys Guy December 8th, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    he’s good at getting healthy, he’s just not good at staying healthy.

  6. joeman December 8th, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Ys Guy December 8th, 2012 at 3:10 pm
    i know he’s older and it’s his second hip surgery, but it always seems like arod beats the assumed rehab time by a week or more for his various injuries.

    that doesnt mean i think he’ll ever be ‘arod’ again, just that i would expect him back when they say he should be.

    —————————————
    6 DL in 6 years makes you wonder if the stuff caught up to him and he’s breaking down

  7. joeman December 8th, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    my favorite Yankee team ..

    C Howard
    1B..Pepitone
    2B.Richardson
    SSKubek
    3B..Boyer
    LF..Tresh
    CF..Mick
    RF..Maris

  8. blake December 8th, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    The Cards would be a great idea for Cano IF they’d turn loose of some quality players,…. He’d be strictly a rental for them though cause they couldn’t sign him.

  9. austinmac December 8th, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Joeman,

    My favorite too except Skowron at first.

  10. Ys Guy December 8th, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    ill go with:

    c: Posada
    1b: Mantle (when i saw him)
    2b: Randolph
    ss: Jeter
    3b: Nettles
    RF: Reggie
    CF: Bernie
    LF: Roy White
    DH: Damon/Mastui (had to get them both in there somewhere…)

  11. austinmac December 8th, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    And Yogi and Lopez in left.

  12. Ys Guy December 8th, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    yogi was the manager the first time i saw the yankees. he did play 4 games for the mets in ’65 but did not play at all in 64., so ill make him my manager

  13. Ys Guy December 8th, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    and ill go with:

    Whitey Ford
    Andy Pettitte
    Phil Neikro
    El Duque
    Mel Stotlemeyre
    and Mo of course.

  14. Ys Guy December 8th, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    i left murcer out somehow, he’s gotta be in there.

  15. blake December 8th, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    @ajcbraves: #Braves still looking for a LF, glad to have CF out of way (Upton deal no longer looks so extravagant) http://t.co/WwOcUyLm

  16. blake December 8th, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    @JeffPassan: Source believes Phillies still primed to do something “big.” Anything from pursuing Hamilton to a late Greinke run to trade for outfielder.

  17. sar515 December 8th, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Why didn’t the Yanks consider Young at 3rd? Cheaper than Youk…and a great clubhouse guy.
    He can still hit…

  18. blake December 8th, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    @JonHeymanCBS: #yankees hesitating on pierzynski because they view him as only average defender. AJ had big yr but market a mystery

    What ?

  19. RhapsodyInBlue December 8th, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    C Munson
    1b Mattingly
    2b Randolph
    SS Jeter
    3B Nettles
    LF White
    CF Mantle
    RF O’Neil

  20. J. Alfred Prufrock December 8th, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    No Guidry??
    ///

    blake December 8th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    “not participating was likely an excellent idea.”

    Mostly….but a couple of guys would have been useful if they are planning to just stop gap everything ….especially Chavez and a couple of the back up catchers….hopefully they have bigger plans for those spots
    ///

    Melky would have been my first choice, and I’d have added Hamilton as well.

    Certainly feels as though the other shoe is going to drop…

  21. austinmac December 8th, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Reportedly, the Yankees didn’t think he could play third. They missed the boat on him, I think. He is one year away from hitting .330.

    Meanwhile, we wait. Optimists think they are lurking. I think they don’t know what to do at this point since they can’t get anyone interested in alone year deal. No kidding. To think otherwise was absurd.

  22. J. Alfred Prufrock December 8th, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Randolph was my favorite everyday player back in the day, Guidry my favorite pitcher.

    But it’s no contest; my 2B is Robinson Cano.

  23. austinmac December 8th, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    –In a one year deal–

  24. J. Alfred Prufrock December 8th, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Royito Blankito does really go under the radar and rarely gets his due.

    But I would have to go with big Dave Winfield in left.

  25. RhapsodyInBlue December 8th, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Whitey Ford
    Catfish Hunter
    Louisiana Lightning
    Tommy John
    Andy Pettitte
    Mariano Rivera

  26. blake December 8th, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    “Melky would have been my first choice, and I’d have added Hamilton as well.”

    How good is that Melky contract lookin in this market? Unreal

  27. J. Alfred Prufrock December 8th, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I’ll take Guidry, Andy and GHR as my LHP :)

    GHR as my RF when he’s not pitching ;).

  28. austinmac December 8th, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Best of my memory:

    C-Munson
    1B-Mattingly
    2B-Cano
    3B-AROD
    SS-Jeter
    LF-White
    CF-Mantle
    RF-Maris

    SP-Ford
    RP-Mo

  29. Against All Odds December 8th, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Optimists think they are lurking.

    ———————-

    “This is when the ninja strikes”

    lol ok whatever you guys say

  30. J. Alfred Prufrock December 8th, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    How good is that Melky contract lookin in this market? Unreal
    ///

    17 mil/2 yrs, is it? Smh. Folks expecting a “fourth OF” are going to be disappointed. He’s in a much more dangerous lineup this time around.

    Crap, if Toronto pitches, lookout.

  31. Ys Guy December 8th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    a list of best players is much different than a list of my favorite players.

    the first change is rickey henderson has to be in the ‘best’ list but not on the favorite list.

  32. J. Alfred Prufrock December 8th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Henderson: best leadoff hitter, best base stealer, extremely flawed OF.

  33. Ys Guy December 8th, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    henderson could break down a pitcher from just getting on-base.

  34. yankee21 December 8th, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    @JonHeymanCBS: #yankees hesitating on pierzynski because they view him as only average defender. AJ had big yr but market a mystery

    What ?……

    Is there nobody around Cashman who has a freaking brain, anyone who plays devil’s advocate so to speak, or is everyone of Cashman’s coaches and advisors freaking yes men?

    Do they not have a clue that they need some offense, or they totally stupid, stubborn and blind or one of the three?

  35. tucker December 8th, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    austinmac says:
    December 8, 2012 at 2:42 pm
    They had a plan. Wait until the expensive guys are signed and see what’s left.
    Xxxxxx

    Sure doesn’t seem like much of a plan. The role players are plucked off the board first. The stars and big contract guys are still there.

    Think the Yanks plan was to wait it out until veterans became desperate and agreed to one-year contracts for paltry amounts.

    Thing is, the market didn’t unfold that way. Role players first (Chavez, Keppinger, etc.) and the big-ticket players are still available.

    Hashman (Hal and Cashman) were caught off guard.

  36. Ys Guy December 8th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    do you guys actually buy all this crap that people tweet?

  37. J. Alfred Prufrock December 8th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Scratch Winny. I’ll put Mantle in left, Joe D in center, GHR in right :).

    Saw Mantle when he was on the other side of the hill, but feel like I saw him in prime because of my father, older brother and sister’s collective memories and recall talents. Joe D and Ruth, my old man saw and always recreated their feats with photographic detail, emotion and beauty – therefore, I include them as “seen” :) (I’ll have the Rog as my starting RF when GHR is pitching, and as a reserve OF).

  38. Against All Odds December 8th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Think the Yanks plan was to wait it out until veterans became desperate and agreed to one-year contracts for paltry amounts.

    Thing is, the market didn’t unfold that way. Role players first (Chavez, Keppinger, etc.) and the big-ticket players are still available.

    Hashman (Hal and Cashman) were caught off guard.

    —————-

    Yep that’s what it sounds like. They solid role playing guys would come cheap but that’s not the case.

  39. J. Alfred Prufrock December 8th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Hashman
    ///

    lol

  40. Against All Odds December 8th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    **they thought**

  41. Ys Guy December 8th, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    my belief is that there are several big trades brewing and teams don’t want to lock in at certain positions where they think they can improve w/o going to an FA. there’s a ton of talk about big money contracts, but so far only middling players have actually signed.

  42. J. Alfred Prufrock December 8th, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Is there nobody around Cashman who has a freaking brain, anyone who plays devil’s advocate so to speak, or is everyone of Cashman’s coaches and advisors freaking yes men?

    Do they not have a clue that they need some offense, or they totally stupid, stubborn and blind or one of the three?
    ///

    I assume that when it comes to scouting league talent, Eppler’s the conceptual artist in the group.

  43. Against All Odds December 8th, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Ys Guy December 8th, 2012 at 4:18 pm
    do you guys actually buy all this crap that people tweet?

    ———————

    Some of it. Before twitter it’s was no different than reporters going on the radio and saying it.

  44. Against All Odds December 8th, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    it*

    smh

  45. austinmac December 8th, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    JAP,

    I remember Mantle from 1960 on. Man, he had a limp, but he could crush a baseball. Watch Hamilton hit one, and you see what I mean. But, he could hit them 500 feet from both sides of the plate.

    No one, in my lifetime, with the possible exception of Jordan was such an icon. He was the image of the game and of the 1950s anything is possible feeling.

  46. Ys Guy December 8th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    people rush to judgement at every tweet. last week we kept hearing how grienke was just about to sign, he still hasn’t.

    does anybody ever go back to the sources who were so sure about that and then discount the garbage they put out today based on them being wrong last week? no.

  47. yankee21 December 8th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Another off-season, and another report that A-rod is as determined as ever to get back on the field and show everyone he is still the man.

    Look A-rod, nobody with half a brain ever doubts your devotion to the game, your self-discipline, your willingness to put 110% and lay it all on the line.

    What I doubt is your ability to be a productive ML hitter going forward at the age of 37+ coming off major hip surgery despite your best efforts at re-hab.

  48. Cashmoney December 8th, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    guys like Mantle, Arod and Hamilton changes the dynamics of a lineup…there is something to say about that and can not be quantify easily.

  49. Against All Odds December 8th, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Some guys get called out for what they say.

  50. Cashmoney December 8th, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    An Autumn Strawberry still brought that fear onto a pitcher… I don’t think I am romanticize anything. Every decade or Era there are just those select few that makes into that category. probably the reason why power is an expensive commodity in baseball.

  51. Ys Guy December 8th, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    i have no doubt about hamilton’s ability at this point in his career when he’s healthy.

    but any contract with him goes well into the future of his career and that’s where im much more leery of both his effectiveness and his health.

  52. Cashmoney December 8th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    In other News, Tex is working feverishly on his bunting and LH stance this off season… Hughes has avowed to utilize his change up more this coming season.

  53. J. Alfred Prufrock December 8th, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    austinmac December 8th, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    JAP,

    I remember Mantle from 1960 on. Man, he had a limp, but he could crush a baseball. Watch Hamilton hit one, and you see what I mean. But, he could hit them 500 feet from both sides of the plate.

    No one, in my lifetime, with the possible exception of Jordan was such an icon. He was the image of the game and of the 1950s anything is possible feeling.
    ///

    1960 is the year of my birth, so my early memories of Mantle when I was in the park are blurry. Interestingly, the Mantle stories I hear have a kind of eidetic power for me…more palpable than the dreamlike recall of when I was actually present and he was still within his full powers … I came along third, so Mantle and Maris were already “taken” by my older brother and sister, when we would pretend we were Yankees in the backyard. I was assigned Tommy Tresh, which I accepted without complaint ;)

    I do enjoy the stories shared here by the more ‘seasoned’ set among us… he was a giant figure towering over my childhood and our family.

  54. tomingeorgia December 8th, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Austin,
    You don’t go far enough back to remember Joe Collins at first? Copied his batting stance in Little League until the coach made me quit.

  55. Cashmoney December 8th, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com (via Twitter) says that it would be at least be a mild surprise if Kevin Youkilis turns down the Yankees’ offer. Youkilis is deciding between a two-year, $18MM offer from the Indians and a one-year, $12MM deal from the Bombers.
    ——-
    exhibit A of saying nothing.

  56. Ys Guy December 8th, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    LetS Go Tribe!!!!!

  57. J. Alfred Prufrock December 8th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    …and I would have to say for me, not being a great NBA fan, but an NHL fan, my Jordan equivalents are Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky.

  58. J. Alfred Prufrock December 8th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Cashmoney December 8th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    In other News, Tex is working feverishly on his bunting and LH stance this off season…
    ///

    link? :D

    Agree. Strawberry was special.

  59. yankee21 December 8th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Dear Big-Head Youkilis:

    Please come to your senses and sign with CLE and save the Yankees from themselves.

    Signed,
    Cashman basher.

  60. austinmac December 8th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Tom,

    I don’t remember him, but I copied Elston Howard’s closed batting stance with some little league success. Too bad I peaked so early.

  61. blake December 8th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    So the Yankees see AJ as an average defender that can hit? And they aren’t sure if that’s better than what they have? I sure hope that’s just GM speak leaking out to try and leverage a situation where they have zero leverage

  62. Ys Guy December 8th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    what a shame that strawberry pissed away his talent. do you realize he only playeda total of 335 games in his 30′s?

  63. Cashmoney December 8th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Jap, my source purple eyey bob in correctional facility tweeted me that on a payphone… currently he is doing yard duty. I get back to you on that. He is gonna retweet me later.

  64. blake December 8th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    @eboland11: A-Rod on Youkilis: “Youk has always been a tough out. He’s a tough player…a winning player…I think that would be a good move for us.”

    Translation . He’s old and hurt like me so there would be a good chance they’d need me when I came back

  65. J. Alfred Prufrock December 8th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Cash,

    Thought so ;)

  66. Ys Guy December 8th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    ” blake December 8th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    So the Yankees see AJ as an average defender that can hit? And they aren’t sure if that’s better than what they have? I sure hope that’s just GM speak leaking out to try and leverage a situation where they have zero leverage
    ——————————–
    no, we dont know that the yankees see, we only know what heyman says the yankees ‘see’…

  67. J. Alfred Prufrock December 8th, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    I hope Alex can have his second spring. In any case, no questioning his passion for the game and sense of responsibility to his enormous talent.

  68. blake December 8th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    “no, we dont know that the yankees see, we only know what heyman says the yankees ‘see’…”

    As I’ve said….I think they will sign AJ simply becashe they almost have to if they want to win next year…. And I think these leaks about his defense etc are just Cash trying to leverage the situation a bit and try to get him as cheap as possible

  69. blake December 8th, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    I think Alex will put everything he has into trying to become productive again…..but 2 bad hips is tough….. Hope he can do it because they need value for his money

  70. Ys Guy December 8th, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    if youk comes here and sucks, it will get really ugly at NYS. same with alex when he comes back.

  71. Cashmoney December 8th, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    arod has a point. Youk is still a tough out and a gamer when he is healthy which he omits … is he the best bang for the money, probably not. I prefer AJP over him in what’s let and what is realistic to be acquired. But Youk on one year really isn’t the worst can happen to the yanks.

  72. tucker December 8th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    I hope Youk passes on the Yanks offer. But if he does not, the Yanks will have some use for him other than ARod’s fill in. He could DH against lefties and back up Tex at first.

    Unlike last year, the team will not have Chavez or Swish to play first when Tex is hurt or needs a rest. Who is the backup 1B? There is none right now.

  73. Cashmoney December 8th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    *left

  74. blake December 8th, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    @PeteAbe: Robbie Cano: #Yankees would welcome Youkilis. He also talked about his pending free agency: http://t.co/c3FQWv6d #RedSox #MLB @OrtizClassic

  75. Cashmoney December 8th, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    can’t see AP taking a one year deal. I think someone will give him 2 for at least 11 mil AVV. will the Yanks go there, maybe imo.

  76. MTU December 8th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Afternoon amigos.

    Yankees biggest hole is in RF.

    Absolutely no viable in-house options.

    That is where they should be focusing their efforts.

  77. Ys Guy December 8th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    at this point worrying about the b/u 1bman is a little premature. fill the starter’s jobs first then you work out the backups.

    i don’t blame them for letting chavez go. if he was still around after they worked out the starters, great, but no need to run to sign backups first.

  78. Cashmoney December 8th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I don’t really follow minor leaguers that closely, Can anyone opine whether the Mesa and the Almontes has the abilities to become MLB regulars?

  79. Yankee Trader December 8th, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Favorite Team 1961 Yankees who had backup catcher Johnny Blanchard 21 homers in 243 ab’s for a slugging% .613. Clete Boyer IMO was the equal if not better defensively than Brooks Robinson. Luis Arroyo was the closer with his screwball out pitch.

    1961 Yankees:

    http://www.baseball-almanac.co.....#038;t=NYA

  80. Cashmoney December 8th, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    btw guys, I am batting 412 with 80 jacks half way thru August in MLB 12… I am seriously contemplating early retirement. The computer tells me I shall play in the higher league. oh yeah, I am also Joe D like with 33 strikeouts so far.

  81. Against All Odds December 8th, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Cashmoney December 8th, 2012 at 5:03 pm
    btw guys, I am batting 412 with 80 jacks half way thru August in MLB 12… I am seriously contemplating early retirement. The computer tells me I shall play in the higher league. oh yeah, I am also Joe D like with 33 strikeouts so far.

    ———————

    Is it a good game?? I used to play 2k for 360 but when they changed the look of the game I stopped playing

  82. tomingeorgia December 8th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    YT,
    I have never seen a better team than the 61 Yanks. You’re right on all counts.

  83. Cashmoney December 8th, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    I like AoA, good for killing time and competing with good friends and talking trash about each other. The graphics are decent and mechanics are realistic enough. you start off as a A ball then have to continuous meet goals to advance. the only bad things is you can’t choose your team… but I am close to FA so I am hoping the Yanks will make me an offer. for 20 bucks at bestbuy, well worth it imo.

  84. Yankee Trader December 8th, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    The Rangers have agreed to pay $10MM of the $16MM owed to Young next season according to Nightengale (on Twitter). Earlier today Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reported that Josh Lindblom and minor leaguer Lisalverto Bonilla would head to Texas in the trade, which MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan has confirmed

    A journeyman reliever and a 22 yo A, AA pitcher.

    Any guess what Yankees would have gotten that same deal done with the Rangers for Michael Young?

  85. Against All Odds December 8th, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Can’t beat 20 bucks especially if it fulfills all the needs entertainment and good replay value.

  86. Cashmoney December 8th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    probably not YT, I think most teams hates the Yankees and will always try to extract more from the yanks… some simply won’t deal with the yanks. But I think the price is never going to that much higher from what Texas got from a waning Young.

  87. PhiltheThrill December 8th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Of the Almontes and Mesa, the Almonte’s could both become regulars, though maybe not with the Yanks. Abe can got get it, get on base and steal, and at times has looked 5 toolish. He’s been slowed by injuries, but he could be our leadoff man for a year or so while we wait for Mason and Slade, then be a trade chip. Zolio Almonte doesn’t walk enough, but can hit and hit homers. He might have a Juan Rivera type career. Melky Mesa may have finally learned to handle breaking pitches, but he’s probably gonna be a platoon player, pinch hitter, defensive replacement. He is an outstanding defender with power but lots and lots of K’s.

  88. Cashmoney December 8th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    nah, AoA, it’s worth it. I play mostly against friends… it’s fun. or on a idle saturday bumming out at home.

  89. blake December 8th, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    “Any guess what Yankees would have gotten that same deal done with the Rangers for Michael Young?”

    I’m guessing maybe Warren or something…..yanks probably could have gotten him if they had ate more money….and considering they are offering 12 to Youk Im assuming that was possible

  90. Cashmoney December 8th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Thanks for the info Thrill.

  91. The Return of Stoneburner December 8th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Gonzalo VH ?@GonVH
    @YankeeSource if Jeter has another fine season which of course he will. Will he opt-out of his 8M option. Or do u think he takes it? #legend

    5h Yankeesource ?@YankeeSource
    @GonVH He will probably opt-out and get a better deal from the Yankees.

  92. blake December 8th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    “Of the Almontes and Mesa, the Almonte’s could both become regulars, though maybe not with the Yanks”

    Nah they aren’t old enough ;)

  93. PhiltheThrill December 8th, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Melky Mesa is getting pretty old.

  94. Duh Innings II December 8th, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    I could see A-Rod having a crap August and September then saying he’ll be back for 2014. Yeah, to collect your $25M due that year, you paycheck collector. Pay-Rod.

    Do the Yankees, your legacy, and your Hall Of Fame chances you will ruin if you play the next five years a big favor and retire after 2013.

    Seriously, say this guy actually plays five more years and every year is worse than his 2011 or 2012 (which is as bad as it can get.) That’s three good years (2008-10) followed by seven bad ones (2011-17.) How do you admit a guy into the Hall Of Fame when he was a piece of crap in his final decade of playing, he was a proven cheater for three years before that (2001-2003), and you could argue he still took PED in the years sandwiched between those two blocks of time (2004-2007)? That’s thirteen years of HOF-unworthy crap and four years you have to look at with suspicion sandwiched around them. If he played through 2017 and I was a HOF voter, I’d say his 2004-2007 was a direct result of him taking PEDs and who knows if he took PEDs prior to signing with Texas?

    If A-Rod retires after next season, he’s a first ballot Hall Of Famer who retired at an age where there’s no shame in hanging it up. If he comes back in 2014, he is just a paycheck collector – Pay-Rod – still playing for the money only, cuz no way you can post 5 HR and 25 RBI August-September 2013 (would you be surprised if he turned out only that?) and tell the world you are worth $25M in 2014 / $86M guaranteed for the next four years without EVERYONE thinking you’re just around for the money.

    A-Rod, just retire after this season. You have fame and fortune. You have a World Series ring. You will be inducted into the Hall Of Fame on the first ballot. You will be a billionaire by the time you are 50. You may even collect X amount of what you leave on the table if you took out an insurance policy yourself. Yeah, you leave $86M in guaranteed salary and $30M in homerun milestone bonus money (since you won’t hit the 13 HR to collect the first one for HR #660 in 2013) for $116M total on the table, but you walk away with your pride and dignity you have none of if you play beyond 2013 and certainly through 2017. You would’ve told the whole world you are done and you don’t want to embarrass yourself. You are embarrassing yourself already. Your team is basically making an excuse for your being pinch-hit for in the 2012 postseason – your hip – when fact is you sucked so badly in 2012 you had to be pinch-hit for else why were you even on the postseason roster if you were hurt? Perhaps you exacerbated your injury playing the postseason.

    Play four more years after this one and you will have three good years (2008-10) followed by seven bad ones (2011-17) to go with three proven cheater years (2001-03) and four years where we have to wonder if you still kept taking PED after being traded from Texas considering you won a pair of ALMVP awards (2004-07.) Your 2001 ALMVP is nullified by your cheating, so you are really a two-time ALMVP not a three-time ALMVP.

  95. RMS December 8th, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Yankees biggest hole is in RF.

    Absolutely no viable in-house options.

    That is where they should be focusing their efforts.

    ——————————————————————————————————-
    Yankees don’t seem to be focusing anywhere.

  96. The Return of Stoneburner December 8th, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    “Of the Almontes and Mesa, the Almonte’s could both become regulars, though maybe not with the Yanks”

    Nah they aren’t old enough

    *****

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lwxu5VHWvjw

  97. austinmac December 8th, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    YT and Tom,

    Yep, the 1961 team is without equal in my eyes. I got to see a couple games. My poor sister sat through a doubleheader. Nice sister. Saw Mantle homer and Ford pitch.

  98. austinmac December 8th, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Of course, AROD will be back in 2014. No one turns down tens of millions of dollars. I don’t expect any of us would either.

  99. austinmac December 8th, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Yankees don’t seem to be focusing anywhere.

    Isn’t that the truth.

  100. Don December 8th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    If AROD comes back and hits .173, will he hang it up and quit? That would be a good scenario for the Yanks.

  101. PhiltheThrill December 8th, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Cash is at his most effective and dangerous when he is in stealth mode. Usually that means trades are coming. The terrible Montero trade came out of the blue last January. The outstanding ARod trade happened on Valentine’s D weekend. He’s cooking up trades now, and I just hope he doesn’t blow up the farm.

  102. Cashmoney December 8th, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/ml.....ource-says

  103. Cashmoney December 8th, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Phil, if you have a rusted katana and ran out of shurikens … Cash would be dangerous to the Yanks themselves.

  104. Jerkface December 8th, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    If Jeter opts out and seeks a better contract from the Yankees there is almost no way the Yankees can re-sign him and field a good team under the 189 limit. He will count for 9 million + the AAV of his new contract. That will push him to probably a 20+ million range & would eat up way too much of the 189 limit.

  105. blake December 8th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    PhiltheThrill says:
    December 8, 2012 at 5:23 pm
    Melky Mesa is getting pretty old.

    He’s not over 35 though

  106. Cashmoney December 8th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    really tough decision to make JF, opinions vary. but I throw Nunez in there before he is 30. Yanks could do that.

  107. blake December 8th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    “Cash is at his most effective and dangerous when he is in stealth mode. Usually that means trades are coming. The terrible Montero trade came out of the blue last January. The outstanding ARod trade happened on Valentine’s D weekend. He’s cooking up trades now, and I just hope he doesn’t blow up the farm.”

    Agree….I do think Levine is probably pitching Hamilton hard though and im hoping unless some really good trades come along that they just sign him and keep the prospects…..then maybe move Granderson for more young players

  108. Cashmoney December 8th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Do Mo, kuroda and AP’s contracts comes with NT? I definitely can see yanks getting some value for those 3 if they reverse course.

  109. blake December 8th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Hopefully Jete will just play out his deal and do one year contracts like his buddies Andy and Mo.

  110. yankee21 December 8th, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    “Cash is at his most effective and dangerous when he is in stealth mode. Usually that means trades are coming. The terrible Montero trade came out of the blue last January. The outstanding ARod trade happened on Valentine’s D weekend. He’s cooking up trades now, and I just hope he doesn’t blow up the farm.”

    Phil

    Despite not being enamored with Youk, I’d actually prefer he sign with NYY and cost them only $$ as opposed to Cashman having to trade for a 3B/ BU 1B in addition to an OF and C.

    The better it is if Cashman stays out of the trade arena and NY acquires talent through FA and their farm.

  111. Yankee Trader December 8th, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Cash-

    Thanks for the info on the Yankees disability policy on ARod. I’m not an insurance agent, but I would think there are ways out for the insurance company to void the contract if the Yankees decide to put him on the DL for the entire year and doubt they’d allow it to be fully transferable without a new medical examination.

    JF-

    If ARod retires the contract becomes void. The question is-would the Yankees be able to offer him a limited parnership as say a consultant, with him able to net a nice profit when the Steinbrenner’s sell the team, or would there be too much scrutiny about such an arrangement.

  112. Jerkface December 8th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    If ARod retires the contract becomes void. The question is-would the Yankees be able to offer him a limited parnership as say a consultant, with him able to net a nice profit when the Steinbrenner’s sell the team, or would there be too much scrutiny about such an arrangement.

    Too much scrutiny, also there is 0 chance the Steinbrenners limit potential profit when selling the team just to avoid this 189 thing. The contract is covered by insurance. They’re almost assuredly going to simply field a worse team & collect the insurance money over endangering hundreds of millions of potential selling profit to get A-rod to opt out.

  113. Cashmoney December 8th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    yeah YT, the summation is that we don’t know how much is covered… I do remember Mets were able to recover most of the dough given to Mo Vaughn.. but I forgot who is the insurer. might have Lloyd’s London.

  114. Jerkface December 8th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Offering A-rod partnership to try and get around the luxury tax is what a fan who cares about fielding a good team would do, not what an owner who is after more profit would do. And MLB would crack down on it unless its really, really hush hush and the Yankees would end up still on the hook for his contract. (A termination agreement which carries any value cash or otherwise is counted as originally valued for CBT calculations)

  115. RhapsodyInBlue December 8th, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    I don’t understand the objection to Youk.

    Afterall it is a marriage of convenience.

    Hate to point out the fact that we are a bit desperate when to comes to 3rd.

    Youk could rebound and put up some good numbers and wouldn’t that be great?

    And how does a heavy dosage of Jason Nix sound?

  116. Yankee Trader December 8th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Cash-

    Per Cot’s none of the 3 pitchers, Kuroda, Pettitte or Rivera have NTC’s. Kuroda had one last season, and maybe the site is not updated. However IMO none of them will be traded or floated out there without there consent.

  117. blake December 8th, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    “I don’t understand the objection to Youk.”

    He hit .235 last year, he hasn’t played a full season since 2009, he can’t really play 3B well anymore……and I don’t like him.

    Maybe there is some bounce back in there…..but he looked pretty diminished last year and his body type is one that’ll make a 34 year old play like a 40 year old

  118. Cashmoney December 8th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    I agree YT, I think they came back for one year deal under the assumption that Yanks will be highly competitive again and is dealing in good faith. But if the consent is given… those three can garner you a good return imo.

  119. Yankee Trader December 8th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    JF-

    A termination agreement would be similar to what the Mets gave Bobby Bonilla. He didn’t voluntarily retire. If ARod retires first, and then buys at some point forward, with his own dollars, into a a partnership type of arrangement, which would net him a certain % when the Yankees are sold for billions, might that not work?

    Don’t the Yankees have multiple other small owners of the franchise?

  120. RMS December 8th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Youk could rebound and put up some good numbers and wouldn’t that be great?

    ==================================================
    Youk is on the downside of his career. We have enough of those kind of players. Plus he has a bad back. 12 million to take a shot on him. No. I hope he signs with Cleveland.

  121. Jerkface December 8th, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Youk is an awful defender at third, is probably a platoon bat this year, and is ugly. Even if he bounces back as a hitter, that doesn’t change that he is terrible at third. He has been negative by every metric at the position the past 2 years with one of the worst range values. If he kept the same pace he’d have the same number of errors as Miguel Cabrera if they played the same amount of innings.

  122. blake December 8th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    If the Yanks do make trades we can only hope it’s for long term options

  123. Jerkface December 8th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    A termination agreement would be similar to what the Mets gave Bobby Bonilla. He didn’t voluntarily retire. If ARod retires first, and then buys at some point forward, with his own dollars, into a a partnership type of arrangement, which would net him a certain % when the Yankees are sold for billions, might that not work?

    Don’t the Yankees have multiple other small owners of the franchise?

    If they did it a few years later and under the table I guess they could swing it by MLB, but again I ask why would any of the steins or silent owners give up their share to get out of something which insurance is going to cover anyways?

  124. Yankee Trader December 8th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Youkilis hit better when he played 1st last season, which was a small sample size, and had a pretty bad 2nd half.

    I’d almost wish the Yankees would pull the offer if they could determine that AJ Pierzynski would take it instead.

  125. jacksquat December 8th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    blake December 8th, 2012 at 3:23 pm
    The Cards would be a great idea for Cano IF they’d turn loose of some quality players,…. He’d be strictly a rental for them though cause they couldn’t sign him.

    I’d rather deal with Seattle and get Zunino and maybe Paxton or something. Taveras is pretty nice, but we already have 4 good OF prospects, and OF are generally not that hard to find when necessary. We need a catcher much more badly. If Seattle is really willing to sign Hamilton, then they could conceivably pay Cano instead (it’s just longer term).

  126. blake December 8th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    “I’d rather deal with Seattle and get Zunino and maybe Paxton or something. Taveras is pretty nice, but we already have 4 good OF prospects, and OF are generally not that hard to find when necessar”

    Id take either..,,not sure Seattle would give Zunino for a year of Cano….they might but I kinda doubt it…..Taveras is going to be a monster….don’t think the cards would do that either…..

  127. Yankee Trader December 8th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    JF-

    That’s potentially a big if-If the insurance companies are going to cover the 70% or whatever it really is if the Yankees put ARod on the disabled list for the entire year. I read yesterday where an insurance company, I believe it was for Jeff Bagwell, contested the payout and won in the courts for a much lesser amount.

    Too many ways for these smart insurance companies to investigate these claims and negate them.

  128. chicken little December 8th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    To me the biggest Yankee news of the week is the statement in the Daily News by someone in the Cano camp that the Yanks are more interested in a low payroll than winning. Whether this is speculation or reality isn’t the issue — the fact is the reality is these are Hal’s “I’m a budget man” Yankees, and his silence is probably evident of his desire to lower the payroll, increase profits, and then maybe win.

    He probably will show up at the press conference for whomever the Yanks end up with and give a blah blah blah statement.

    Should just trade Cano and rebuild.

  129. RMS December 8th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    If he kept the same pace he’d have the same number of errors as Miguel Cabrera if they played the same amount of innings.

    ————————————————————————–

    If Youk could hit like Cabrera I would take his “defense” in a NY minute.

  130. blake December 8th, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Seattle definately has pieces Id consider trading Cano…..Zunino being on of them…. Justbdontknownhow much they’d give though cause I doubt they could sign him

  131. Yankee Trader December 8th, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Jack and Blake-

    Is there some rumor that is suggesting the Yankees now maybe looking to trade Cano before spring training?

  132. RMS December 8th, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    If Hal ain’t paying, fans ain’t coming. He will lose a lot of money with an empty YS.

  133. blake December 8th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    “If Youk could hit like Cabrera I would take his “defense” in a NY minute.”

    Lol….yea that’s the very key difference ….even if he just hit like the old Youk Id take his defense

  134. jacksquat December 8th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Jerkface December 8th, 2012 at 6:14 pm
    Youk is an awful defender at third, is probably a platoon bat this year, and is ugly. Even if he bounces back as a hitter, that doesn’t change that he is terrible at third. He has been negative by every metric at the position the past 2 years with one of the worst range values. If he kept the same pace he’d have the same number of errors as Miguel Cabrera if they played the same amount of innings.

    Total Zone has him as + at 3B last year, – at 1B. Plus .964 fld%, which is above league avg.

  135. Yankee Trader December 8th, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    New Post——>

    Seattle is moving in the fences in RF 4 feet! :)

  136. blake December 8th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    “Yankee Trader says:
    December 8, 2012 at 6:25 pm
    Jack and Blake-

    Is there some rumor that is suggesting the Yankees now maybe looking to trade Cano before spring training?”

    Nah ….and I highly doubt they will…. Just speculating what they’d need back if they did

  137. jmills December 8th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Interesting to read stories by Austin, Alfred and Tom in Georgia – GB7 is great and shared Sudden Sam stories with me. I was lucky to be a ten year old when my association with the A.L. East came into being. I remember cutting out newspaper pictures of Jim Beattie when he was doing all that great work,….and of course I got to run home from school to witness Dent ( I’ve bored you with these stories prior ).

    In one of their better moments, my parents allowed me to stay home from school to see Doug Ault ( R.I.P.), hit those 2 homers in a Jays 9-5 inaugeral win over the ChiSox. Bill Singer was the opening day starter; the same starter Peter Bavasi turned down for Ron Guidry in the spring of ’77. What a waste the 25 and 3 Guidry would have been in Toronto.

    The ’85 team was Toronto’s most accomplished season entry.

  138. PRDENTIST December 8th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Cano is not gonna be traded. You build around a talent like that. Granderson is the one you cut off. Remember that Jeter’s salary is going down to 8 mill in 2014 and 8 mill for AJ comes off the books so. With all the other one years coming off the books, there will be enough for 5/100 or 6/120 in there. Which would be a 5 mill increase to cano. So, very doable except you can’t use much money for other positions. Keep the youngster at c, rf, lf, sp, and pen.

  139. RhapsodyInBlue December 8th, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    The contract for Youk is for one year, not for eternity, please be realistic and give me an available viable alternative for 12M.

  140. PRDENTIST December 8th, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    I believe the bigger issue is who is in charge. Cash has been losing power the last few years. It was hank and Hal who re-signed Arod to the awful extension after Cash said that if he opt-out, forget it. It was also Levine who signed Sori after Cash said he wasn’t giving up a draft pick. Now at winter metings we find out that Cash had not authority to offer contracts.

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