Brian Cashman Calls Alex Rodriguez Irreplaceable At Third Base
Alex Rodriguez will continue his appeal against Major League Baseball this Wednesday in New York, as he’ll continue to present his case to reduce his 211-game suspension in front of arbitrator Frederick Horowitz. Part of A-Rod’s case will include his beliefs that the New York Yankees are trying to keep him off the field in order to save the near $30 million he will he owed in 2014.
Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said on the Ian O’Connor show this morning on ESPN New York 98.7 that A-Rod is an “irreplaceable” player, and the Yanks are hoping to have him in the lineup next season, even if he factors into the Yanks attempt to bring the payroll under $189 million.
“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.”
A-Rod, who was suspended for 211-games by MLB on August 5th, the same day he made his season debut, only played in 44 games for the Bombers in 2013, hitting .244 with seven homeruns and 19 RBIs. His production was far better than what other Yankees third base were producing, given the Yanks the right to believe that he’s the best option.
[quote]”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.”[/quote]
If A-Rod’s appeal hearing to wrap up this week, it’s possible that the Yankees would know by Thanksgiving whether or not they need to start looking for a new third baseman for next season.
No matter how the A-Rod situation plays out, it will affect the Yankees’ payroll, one way of another. Part of that payroll could possibly be the Yankees signing Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who the Yanks have been rumored to be very interested in. Cashman was asked about the teams involvement, but he said he wasn’t allowed to comment on the situation because Tanaka is still under contract with his club in Japan.
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