Tagged: Brian Cashman

Filling in an unexpected hole? Maybe? Maybe not?

arod-1.jpgThis guy just cannot seem to find himself off of the headlines. If he’s not causing controversy over past actions, he’s having his words dissected by a blood thirsty media.

For a guy who takes everything said about him so personally, I would suppose Alex Rodriguez would have wanted to disappear for a few weeks until the media feeding frenzy moves on to some other victim.

But I doubt he’d want it to have happened this way.

After reporting a stiffness in his right hip, Rodriguez has found himself in a dangerous, potentially life threatening situation involving a, thankfully, benign cyst.

However, after consulting with specialist Dr. Marc Philippon in Vail, Colo., Rodriguez had the cyst aspirated on Thursday.

While having the cyst examined, it was revealed that Rodriguez was also suffering from a torn labrum.

According to the Mayo Clinic website, “The socket of your hip joint (acetabulum) is lined by cartilage
called your labrum. This cartilage provides stability and cushioning
for your hip joint, allowing the ball of your thighbone (femur) to move
smoothly and painlessly in the socket.

“A tear in your labrum, known as a hip labral tear or acetabular
labral tear, can result from injury, repetitive movements that cause
wear-and-tear on your hip joint, or degeneration, such as from
osteoarthritis.”

arod-2.jpgFor an active ballplayer, this looks to be a routinely plausible in jury. The Mayo Clinic also says, “When treatment for a hip labral tear is necessary, it may consist of
physical therapy, medications or a combination. Less frequently,
surgery is necessary to treat a hip labral tear.”

If Rodriguez needs the surgery, it would have to be a pretty serious tear.

He has subsequently been yanked from the Dominican Republic’s World Baseball Classic, which should further to raise the ire of his former Dominican fans who felt snubbed when Rodriguez opted to play for the United States in the ’06 Classic.

arod-3.jpgThis injury, though, raises an important question.

Should Rodriguez choose to undergo the surgery, who will the Yankees use in his stead? Obviously there is no player who could completely fill the void that would be created by the absence of the former 3-time MVP.

This brings me to a bit of a hypothetical situation.

Let’s play a game I like to call EXTREME GEE EMM.

It works like this: I feed you a few hypothetical guidelines. You make the moves necessary to build the best team. You post your thoughts in a response. We bicker about it. We hope it never happens.

If Rodriguez requires surgery and opted to undergo the procedure now, he would, hypothetically, be ready for a return near the time of the all star break. In the meantime, there would be a vacancy at third base.

Since we are playing with hypothetical situations, let’s also suppose that trading for an outside player is not an option. This is a big hypothetical, because this is rarely ever the case. But if we want to play EXTREME GEE EMM, we have to be able to play with the highest stakes possible.

So if the Yankees have to replace possibly the best baseball player in history (that should churn some fires in of itself!) with a prospect or current position player already in the organization.

Do you move Xavier Nady to third and put Swisher in right field?

Do you put your chips on a daredevil stunt of putting a natural outfielder like Shelly Duncan in the corner?

Do you move Tiexeira from first to third and pull Swisher to the front?

Do you put your hope in former rookie of the year, Angel Berroa?

Do you give the reigns to, as Johnny Damon claims, the “best athlete on the team” in Cody Ransom?

Do you try shifting Juan Miranda across the field?

Do you bypass juggling players and just slot Nick Swisher in the corner and hope for the best?

What would YOU do? How would YOU solve this puzzle?

Web Credits:
Mayo Clinic – http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hip-labral-tear/DS00920

MLB.com – http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090305&content_id=3921752
MLB.com – http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090303&content_id=3914670
MLB.com – http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090304&content_id=3915572

Bomber’s Beat – http://bombersbeat.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/03/arod_has_a_torn_labrum.html
Bomber’s Beat – http://bombersbeat.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/03/arod_could_be_out_until_may.html

AP News – http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gZOgF3HN4qxuVL3K7JQPEmQyHwtgD96O2NCG1

Photo Credits:
http://www.arod.com – AP Photo/Uncredited
http://www.yankees.com – AP Photo/Uncredited
http://www.ap.org – AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

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Oh Say Can You CC?

CC Sabathia has allegedly made the deal with the devil. For a reported $161M over the course of 7 year, Sabathia will be fronting a New York Yankees pitching rotation that for the first time is several years is stocked with youth.

Joining Chin-Ming-Wang (28) and Joba Chamberlain (23) is the 28 year old inning eating mound monster that carried the Milwaukee Brewers to a playoff berth for the first time in 26 years. Upon official announcement, and alleged contract fine tuning in the area of a no-trade clause, you can expect New York fans to be celebrating whilst rival naysayers and general drinkers of hater-ade begin their rants about money and unfairness and blah blah blah.

Before the true celebrating and planning can begin, General Manager Brian Cashman must find two more stud arms to help round out what is looking to be a hellacious starting rotation. There are rumors of deals being presented to AJ Burnett, Derek Lowe, and Sabathia’s former teammate Ben Sheets.

Lowe and Sheets could be looking at an annual range of $15-16M per year with Burnett fetching a slightly higher figure as he is in the middle of a tug-of-war with Boston and Atlanta with contract lengths looking in the 4-5 year range.

The deal for Sheets, however, could net the Yankees a sweet 2 year gamble. Sheets has a history of bad health. When he is healthy, he is prime. Having only two years to worry about gives the Bombers a chance to evaluate his performance and test the market again in two years.

Also waiting in the wings is Andy Pettitte, a perennial Yankee favorite who should be looking at Cooperstown in the not so distant future. Pettitte, 38, however feels he has another year – maybe two – left in his arm. Although he had a poor showing for his standards (and $16M salary) he still notched 14 wins to the team record. It could be argued that a few of his losses were even due to inconsistent run support.

The Yanks extended a $10M offer to Pettitte, who declined but remains optimistic that a deal can be made before the winter whirlwind dies down. Pettitte is not eager for a pay cut, but with his waning performance, fading “stuff”, and the inclusion of several high salaried young players coming in, he ought to play ball. Take $13M, it’s a compromise.

Tim Wakefield, the longest tenured Boston Red Sox pitcher is on a rolling $4M option. As long as both he and the team want him to play, he can play.

If the Yanks can snag Pettitte for one year and Sheets for two, they are free to promote internal players Phil Coke, Alfredo Aceves, or Phil Hughes when they are ready. They also have felxibility to test the free agent market time and again over the next few years to fill in any leftover gaps.

It’s a win-win situation.

Who would really want to face a rotation of Sabathia, Wang, Sheets, Joba, and Pettitte?

No one in their right mind, that’s who.