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Yankees suddenly need ... A-Rod

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07:18 AM ET 06.19 | In the midst of Tuesday's double dose of bad news on the injury front, the Yankees sure could use Alex Rodriguez's bat in the lineup. In the big picture, it would be best for the organization if Rodriguez never came back so it could collect insurance money and avoid the familiar A-Rod circus, and, perhaps, if he goes away due to ties to Biogenesis, the Yankees could chase a pie-in-the-sky chance of having his contract voided. But in the small picture -- in the just trying to win in 2013 scenario -- here is a question: Would you rather have whatever version is left of A-Rod hitting fifth or Thomas Neal? Because Neal was slated to hit fifth last night before the rainout against the Dodgers, and the best you could say about that is it wasn't Ben Francisco.

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June 19, 2013  07:44 AM ET

No they don't.

Buy him out. Bye-bye.

Get rid of him and Tex. Both are albatross contracts. Do what the Sox did and cut the dead money off of the roster and look to the future. A-Rod, Youklis, Texeira, Granderson, Hafner, Overbay, Wells all gone for next year. That's a good start.

June 19, 2013  08:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

No they don't.Buy him out. Bye-bye.Get rid of him and Tex. Both are albatross contracts. Do what the Sox did and cut the dead money off of the roster and look to the future. A-Rod, Youklis, Texeira, Granderson, Hafner, Overbay, Wells all gone for next year. That's a good start.

You forgot to add your captain to that list.............

June 19, 2013  08:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

No they don't.Buy him out. Bye-bye.Get rid of him and Tex. Both are albatross contracts. Do what the Sox did and cut the dead money off of the roster and look to the future. A-Rod, Youklis, Texeira, Granderson, Hafner, Overbay, Wells all gone for next year. That's a good start.

In theory I couldn't agree more. Unfortunately, they don't have replacements for either (other than your garden variety replacement players). For that reason alone, A-Rod and Tex will get another chance.

June 19, 2013  08:56 AM ET

I'd be willing to bet that at this time most Yankee fans would take Francisco and his .114 or whatever batting average over ARod. They want to win and they want to win yesterday and they expect to win every single game of the year, but if I have a read on the fans, they're SO completely done with ARod.

June 19, 2013  08:56 AM ET

"Would you rather have whatever version is left of A-Rod hitting fifth or Thomas Neal?"....That is an easy one. Neal. Next question.

June 19, 2013  09:01 AM ET

My preference is the bring up Mustelier and play him. Glad they moved up Almonte. Now play him every bloody day. As a looonnng time Yankee fan, I am ready to move on. Not alone in that respect I suspect.

June 19, 2013  09:02 AM ET

That may need A-rod. This put a big ole smile on my face today. Love It!

June 19, 2013  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

That may need A-rod. This put a big ole smile on my face today. Love It!

It does make one want to grin.

June 19, 2013  09:08 AM ET

Hopefully the day he comes back the league suspends him for 50 games. Problem solved for this year.

June 19, 2013  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Hopefully the day he comes back the league suspends him for 50 games. Problem solved for this year.

I was hoping for 100

June 19, 2013  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

In theory I couldn't agree more. Unfortunately, they don't have replacements for either (other than your garden variety replacement players). For that reason alone, A-Rod and Tex will get another chance.

Agree.

However, most would agree that Yanks have no chance this year with all the Retirement Home Invitees on their roster... so might as well gain a lot of financial flexibility through trades, buyouts and releases now. Why wait? The only one who survives the Great Purge is our Captain, who will be buried under the pitcher's mound following a traditional Greek ceremony including funeral pyre and releasing of 1,000 white doves (when his time comes, although he may be immortal after all).

June 19, 2013  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

It does make one want to grin.

No gloating now. Remember the year of our turd 2012 starring Bobby V.

June 19, 2013  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

No gloating now. Remember the year of our turd 2012 starring Bobby V.

I know, but sometimes I just can't help myself.

June 19, 2013  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I know, but sometimes I just can't help myself.

You need to seize the opportunity when it presents itself.

June 19, 2013  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I know, but sometimes I just can't help myself.

I know what you mean. And to be perfectly objective, it looks like the Yanks are in serious trouble this year.

June 19, 2013  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I know what you mean. And to be perfectly objective, it looks like the Yanks are in serious trouble this year.

It seems like that EVERY year lately, but they are always hanging around at the end.

June 19, 2013  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

It seems like that EVERY year lately, but they are always hanging around at the end.

Still this year's trajectory seems downhill.

Speaking of gloating, btw; my first thought when I checked the scores at 6:30 am (12:30 am Boston time) was: How sweep it is! :-)

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June 19, 2013  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I was hoping for 100

Such are dreams made of....

 
June 19, 2013  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Agree.However, most would agree that Yanks have no chance this year with all the Retirement Home Invitees on their roster... so might as well gain a lot of financial flexibility through trades, buyouts and releases now. Why wait? The only one who survives the Great Purge is our Captain, who will be buried under the pitcher's mound following a traditional Greek ceremony including funeral pyre and releasing of 1,000 white doves (when his time comes, although he may be immortal after all).

Last I noticed when I looked at the standings this AM, the Yanks were only two behind in the loss column. So... if, their pitching can keep them in games and their so-called ace can pitch like an ace ... and CC was topping out in his last games at around 94 - 95 mph ... and if Pineda comes back and can give them what he is doing so far in rehab ... their hitters keep on doing just enough, and if Cashman can wrangle a trade or two ... then who knows what can happen. I know, thats a lot of "ifs" but until its offically over (or at the minimum they start falling behind by more than six or seven games in the loss column and it is late September) I don't think anyone can say the "Yanks have no chance". Besides, anyone think the Red Sox were gonna be where they are right now? Which, as I said earlier in this post is only two games ahead of the Yanks in the loss column.
Personally, Uke going on the DL until late Septemberr and the fact that I am not sure Arod will even take the field this year (even if he doesn't get suspended for drug use) are blessings in disguise.

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