The days of Alex Rodriquez playing third base for the Yankees is over. This according to New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman.
”I can’t expect Alex to be anything,” Cashman said during a telephone interview with The Associated Press. ”I’ve got to think the worst and hope for the best. Even before the suspension, he wasn’t the same player at third base on the defensive or offensive side. And that was before the suspension.
”And now he’s been out of the game for a year. He’s approaching 40 years of age. And just to automatically assume given his circumstances that he’ll be able to plug right in, play third as an everyday guy and hold up and be productive, I think that would be dangerous thinking from my perspective, in the seat I’m sitting in.”
”So given all that circumstance, we look forward to him hopefully solidifying himself as a tremendous DH for us, and if he shows he has retained athleticism, then he can play third as a choice when Joe decides to give Headley a rest,” Cashman said. ”He can compete for Joe’s thought process, whether it’s Prado swinging over or Alex playing third.”
All of what he said is true. You can’t expect ARod to after not playing for a full year to be the player he was before the suspension. The rub….Cashman said he has not spoken with Rodriguez about his new role.
”I don’t need to. I’ve been very consistent with my conversations publicly from October on,” he said. ”I have not heard from Alex on any of that, and I know he reads all this stuff.”
You know ARod’s ego won’t let Cashman have the last word on this topic. Yet Cashman likes what he saw from Chase Headley hence the 4 year 52 million dollar deal.
Acquired from San Diego in July, Headley convinced the Yankees to keep him. He will get $13 million each year and the chance to earn an additional $1 million annually in performance bonuses based on plate appearances. He would receive a one-time $1 million assignment bonus if traded.
”We measure a lot of different things on the hitting analytics as well as our scouting assessments of him,” Cashman said. ”He’s got plate discipline. He’s got power. … We like his leadership. We like his abilities. We think he’s an exceptional defender.”
”If the back rears its ugly head, we know the process necessary to deal with that. So it was a risk that we felt worth taking,” Cashman said. Going into the season , the Yankees infield is set with Didi Gregorius at shortstop, Prado at second and Mark Teixeira at first.
”We believe we now have a very strong defensive infield,” Cashman said, ”that will serve our pitching staff and our run prevention well.”