|Posted by teapester725 on December 4, 2012 at 3:55 PM|
The Yankees suffered a big blow to their offense and left side of the infield already, as third baseman Alex Rodriguez will be out 4-6 months to recover from yet another hip surgery similar to the one he had in 2009.
"It's a significant blow," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "But we've dealt with significant blows and, hopefully, we'll be able to deal with this one, as well."
Rodriguez was said to have started complaining about the hip, saying that it just didn’t feel right in the playoffs and if was bothering him; it would definitely explain his awful postseason in which he was benched and pinch-hit for due to going zero for 18 with 12 strikeouts.
The Yankees lineup, which is already looking worse than last year with letting Russell Martin go to the Pirates and figuring to not be bringing Nick Swisher back, will now need to find some sort of replacement at third for at least half the season. The current options under contract already are Eduardo Nunez, who has proven that he can hit in the major leagues, but is awful in the field and can not be trusted. Jayson Nix is also an option, but it seems unlikely that Nix would be the Yankees everyday third baseman.
If the Yankees decide to spend some money they a have few options in free agency like Eric Chavez, who filled in for Rodriguez last season when he was injured and played extremely well; hitting .281 with 16 homeruns, and 37 RBIs. Other notable names that they wouldn’t have to break the bank for would be Brandon Inge, Palcido Polanco, and Jeff Keppinger.
This is certainly not how the Yankees wanted to start their off-season already have to fill pieces for an injury, as they don’t want to spend money to stay under $189 million in salary for 2014 and a large chunk of that will be the injury-prone Rodriguez who may really hamper the Yankees until his contract is up.