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  1. Buzz says, “He’s acted like a jerk once too many times, and this time he caught it in the butt.”

    Comment by Cream — December 3, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

  2. I don’t think the Yankees really have the goods to get him, so this is more of a general question, but what would it take to get Mike Olt away from Texas? Is he good enough that he’s superstar bait, or could he be had in a prospect swap for another ML-ready player who wouldn’t be blocked in Texas? Alternatively, would the Rangers trade Beltre to give him the spot, and what kind of return would they be looking at (assuming they eat no money)?

    Comment by Kevin S. — December 3, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

  3. Juan Francisco for Brett Gardener!

    Comment by Steve 1 — December 3, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

  4. Hey! I still have time to get injured. Don’t write my contract off yet!

    Comment by Ryan Howard — December 3, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

  5. I’ve wanted to drop this bozo for so long in a keeper league…finally. Sayonara!

    Comment by Chet — December 3, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

  6. Hip dysplasia is the most common cause of rear leg lameness in large purebred dogs, such as the Rodweiler.

    Comment by Choo — December 3, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

  7. Im sure the NY papers will take it easy on ARod for waiting this long to have the surgery, and not havnig it 2 months ago.

    Comment by Jabronies — December 3, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

  8. Not that it matters in the grand scheme of the article, but he will be having the surgery after the new year.

    Comment by Austin — December 3, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

  9. I haven’t seen it written yet. But these ain’t George’s Yankees. George only cared about winning. The effects of which paid handsomely. But the boys aren’t willing to pay that extra 20-40mm to get it done. Until they figure that out, there just won’t be the Damn Yankees around. And ARod, well let’s just say “Cream” got it right.

    Comment by Chicago Mark — December 3, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

  10. you mean he is in a dark room? with black curtains??
    i dont get the reference….

    Comment by Dan — December 3, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

  11. I like it Dan. But no, I mean the first entry from Cream above. But the Yankees might just be in that dark room, with black curtins. But they’re stuck at the station and the room is white. Ha!

    Comment by Chicago Mark — December 3, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

  12. If the Yankees wanted to move Olt, it would probably benefit them to trade him for a lesser package rather than trade him to the Yankees. A RH power hitter to play good defense at 3B is exactly what their lineup lacks. If they got him at the league minimum, it would mitigate the A-Rod injury and strengthen one of their chief rivals. Teams usually don’t operate that way.

    Comment by Preston — December 3, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

  13. Maybe Baltimore would trade Machado? Would Betances, Nova, and Nunez get it done?

    Comment by BBombers — December 3, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

  14. Are you insane?

    Comment by Tyler — December 3, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

  15. “…who has had surgery on both hips…”
    Don’t you know he has another pair?

    Comment by chel — December 3, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

  16. Hell, Mark Reynolds is available and is very healthy. Imagine Reynolds and Jeter on the left side of the infield…

    Comment by Dave in GB — December 3, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

  17. That was awesome!

    Comment by GregH — December 3, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

  18. As a Mariners fan I smiled as I read this:

    “…the top 10 third baseman on that list — Wright, Headley, Cabrera, Beltre, A. Ramirez, Zimmerman, Freese, Seager, Moustakas, and H. Ramirez

    It still hurts to have lost Beltre, but there was no way he wasn’t going to leave.

    Comment by Westside guy — December 3, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

  19. He most certainly isn’t basking in the sunshine of your love.

    Comment by Chris — December 3, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

  20. Are you retarded, BBombers? Machado, a ML-ready hitter who is at least adequate at third (before becoming the heir apparent to Jeter in a season or two) for:

    Nova, a pitcher who sucked last year
    Nunez, a shortstop who can’t play shortstop
    and (wait for it)
    Betances, a pitcher who sucked last year. In AA.

    Comment by Garrett — December 3, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

  21. Sure, just toss in Gary Sanchez, Mason Williams, Tyler Austin, and Mark Montgomery.

    Comment by Captain Obvious — December 3, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

  22. Probably the most reasonable thing to do would be to go in-house to replace him. They had Adams working at 3B late last year, Joseph could probably play there. Get a vet on a minor league deal to compete with them in ST. To be honest, the loss of Rodriguez isn’t that huge – he isn’t that impact player anymore and therefore he’s easier to replace.

    Comment by j — December 3, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

  23. If Cashman hadn’t extended A-rod how much would the Yankees still owe on the original contract? And on CC’s?

    Comment by Atari — December 3, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

  24. White room. Someone was developing film in the dark room, so they had to find an alternate location…

    Comment by jason B — December 3, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

  25. As an interesting thought experiment, I’m wondering what NYY would have to send to TB for Longoria’s still-warmed-from-the-printer contract.

    Comment by John — December 3, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

  26. It’s interesting that the Yankees let Arod take such abuse during the playoffs for being “terrible” when he was actually injured. I don’t like the Yankees or Arod either, but they could have just left him off the roster.

    Comment by Hurtlockertwo — December 3, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

  27. Hip Stuff = Steroids. Look it up.

    Comment by Expert on These Things — December 3, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

  28. Crazy idea, but talk to the Giants about trading Sandoval iff the Yankees take on Zito as well.

    Zito is owed $20M in 2013 and has a $18M option for 2014 ($7M buyout). Sandoval is signed for $5.7M in 2013 and $8.25M in 2014, after which he’ll be a free agent.

    Giants have soured on Sandoval due to poor conditioning, but when he’s healthy he’s an above-average hitter for 3B and an adequate defensive player. Mixing and matching with A-Rod at 3B/DH for the next two years would be about the best that the Yankees could realistically hope for without breaking the bank.

    Zito is grossly overpaid, but he only has one more year and the Yankees could use a durable, innings eater, even one who is mediocre.

    Giants primary benefit is salary relief and maybe a B-/C+ prospect or two in return. Yankees would be above $189M and thus subject to the luxury tax, but for $25.7M in 2013 and $15.25M in 2014 (assuming buyout of Zito) they’d basically be paying market rate for WAR (assuming Sandoval is 3.5 WAR in 2013-14 and Zito is 1.5 WAR in 2013).

    Comment by walt526 — December 3, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

  29. Cash, Rules, Everything, Around, Me?
    C.R.E.A.M.; Get the money; Dollar, dollar bill y’all)

    Comment by joe bananas — December 3, 2012 @ 3:32 pm

  30. BBomers is that you?

    Comment by joe bananas — December 3, 2012 @ 3:35 pm

  31. A-Rod wasn’t extended, he opted out. And it was Hank Steinbrenner and Randy Levine who gave him the new contract.

    CC’s extension was only one year, so he’d have three left instead of four. $23 million/year on the original deal.

    Comment by Kevin S. — December 3, 2012 @ 3:39 pm

  32. LOL

    Comment by jim — December 3, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

  33. Ugh, looking at it realistically, the best option would probably be an Inge/Chavez platoon. You roll with the vets on 1 year deals, and hope Adams can be ready, or Nunez learns how to play 3rd. Can we get Brandon Laird back?

    Comment by ElToroStrikesAgain — December 3, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

  34. “The boys” are smartly cutting back for one year to reset the luxury tax escalations. They’ll be back to being their father’s boys next year, and with a lot more dollars in hand (and possibly a better FA market in which to spend it).

    Comment by joser — December 3, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

  35. I read that and then had to go actually check the FG 3B leaderboards to make sure Cameron wasn’t trying to sneak one past us.

    Comment by joser — December 3, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

  36. Well, now we know there’s one person on here who didn’t watch the World Series at all this year.

    Comment by joser — December 3, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

  37. Inge may be as hobbled as ARod.

    Comment by joser — December 3, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

  38. Yeah, I’d just go with an Ibanez type on a cheap/minor league contract and see if Adams or Joseph can fill take the job in ST.

    Comment by j — December 3, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

  39. They probably won’t do this, because they are the Yankees. But the best idea might be to wait til next year. Deal Cano, Granderson, and maybe some of the bullpen guys. Deal Kuroda and Pettitte at the deadline.

    Comment by g — December 3, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

  40. This Yankee team is also crippled by the backends of contracts signed under the previous attitude. They’re paying the piper.

    Comment by Travis L — December 3, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

  41. I honestly can’t put together a package that would even slightly interest the Rays. Maybe the entire top 10 of the Yankees prospect list plus $25 million?

    The timing also doesn’t work out. The Rays are competitive now, and for the near future. The Yankees are one of their biggest obstacles. Why would Tampa delay their window for future promises when not doing he deal now gives them a serious leg up?

    Comment by Travis L — December 3, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

  42. Hahahaha. Giants aren’t looking for salary relief in the next few years, IMO. They have a flood of cash from the WS wins, and more tv money.

    We’re spent the past 15 years concerning ourselves with salary relief because cash was a major issue for 25-28 teams. Nowadays, teams seem to have more cash than elite free agents.

    Trading guys for salary relief (excepting trades like Crawford, V Wells, etc.) is something I expect to decline in the next few years.

    To say nothing of trading the WS hero just 2 months after his heroics… SF is very PR conscious.

    Comment by Travis L — December 3, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

  43. Anyone else really enjoy the desperation in Yankees fans ideas?

    This seems like poetic justice to me. The Yanks had such payroll advantages that it drove other teams to lock up their young players before they could move to NY.

    Now that there is a luxury tax and more money in the game, the Yanks competitive advantage is reduced. And their prospect cupboard is pretty bare.

    I would love to see NY finish last in the AL East in the near future while paying ARod so much money to sit on the bench.

    Comment by Travis L — December 3, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

  44. This problem was caused BECAUSE of the free spending. Cashman wanted to let A-Rod walk when he opted out, but instead Hank stepped in and signed A-Rod to the complete disaster that is his current deal.

    Comment by Jonathan — December 3, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

  45. Loving the irony of Eric Chavez getting playing time due to someone else’s injury.

    Comment by gnomez — December 3, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

  46. The Yankees don’t have a lot in the high minors, but that’s not the same thing as the cupboard being bare. Most rankings had them as a top-ten farm system last season, and even though they had some injury setbacks, I have a hard time seeing them come in as anything less than average this time around.

    Comment by Kevin S. — December 3, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

  47. That is the way centaurs role.

    Comment by Jeff Zimmerman — December 3, 2012 @ 5:12 pm

  48. Please explain more. Are you saying that by spending below the luxury tax max they will somehow increase the spending limit? I don’t understand. Unless this is true, I don’t think George would have been penny pinching. George wasn’t one to take a year off to the benifit for the next year. There was no re-loading with George.

    Comment by Chicago Mark — December 3, 2012 @ 5:35 pm

  49. Enjoying a lot Travis. A real lot.

    Comment by Chicago Mark — December 3, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

  50. This is the other hip? And he’s getting a surgery on this one too?

    And thus ARod now has more in common with the grandmother than he does with most major-league players.

    Comment by joser — December 3, 2012 @ 6:14 pm

  51. What’s amazing is that even a baseball analyst as bad as me could see that that signing would be one of the worst in baseball history.

    Comment by Baltar — December 3, 2012 @ 6:35 pm

  52. A package could be built around Cano.

    Comment by Baltar — December 3, 2012 @ 6:39 pm

  53. May I please have some of what you’re smoking?

    Comment by Baltar — December 3, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

  54. If the Royals are fielding talks for Butler, that might change this conversation. I’m not sure the Yankees would see this as urgent enough to go get Butler.

    Comment by B — December 3, 2012 @ 6:51 pm

  55. Arod is going to be back in June. They need an average third baseman until June. Chavez and Nunez will do just fine (as they did last year). …this really isn’t a big problem for the Yankees.

    Arod is going to play 3b when he comes back. He is not valuable to the team as a DH. If he breaks down and has to retire early, so much the better. Let the insurance company pay the rest of his salary…

    Comment by Jason H. — December 3, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

  56. To play third base?

    Comment by Phrozen — December 3, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

  57. June is the absolute earliest he’ll be back, most people today were saying early august is more realistic. As was pointed out above, he hasn’t even had the surgery yet.

    Comment by Doncosmic — December 3, 2012 @ 7:18 pm

  58. “Joel Sherman reported this morning that A-Rod had surgery on his left hip and will be sidelined for 3-6 months. ”

    I think 6 months is the slow end, at least according to above.

    Comment by Johnny Come Lately — December 3, 2012 @ 7:52 pm

  59. No, I’m not insecure enough to take joy in others loss. I prefer my team to win rather than their opponents to lose.

    Comment by Sage — December 3, 2012 @ 9:05 pm

  60. 6 months would be July then. and that’s when he could start playing, it will be over a year until he can play without pain.

    Comment by Doncosmic — December 3, 2012 @ 9:33 pm

  61. How is Sandoval not a top 10 3b

    Comment by Will — December 3, 2012 @ 11:17 pm

  62. Is the story really gonna be that the Yankees are hamstrung by A-Rod’s contract the next few years?

    I say no – Yankees are about to rocket past the team salary threshold, well into the penalty amounts.

    They have to.

    Comment by rubesandbabes — December 3, 2012 @ 11:33 pm

  63. Maybe from a talent standpoint, but I’m pretty sure Cano is a free agent in the next year or two and isn’t likely to sign a super team friendly deal like Longoria so he’s probably not a real deal starter either.

    Comment by Robert — December 4, 2012 @ 1:50 am

  64. Could they move Jeter over to 3B? An eventual transition away from SS is coming, why not now?
    They would then need to fill SS bit I think that could be done easier than 3B and the defense would be much better.
    A-Rod can DH when he returns.

    Comment by Al — December 4, 2012 @ 2:19 am

  65. It’s a leaderboard from last season. He missed a bunch of time.

    Comment by Deelron — December 4, 2012 @ 3:49 am

  66. My guess is, you wouldn’t be insulting others about insecurity if you had none Sage. Boo to you.

    Comment by Chicago Mark — December 4, 2012 @ 6:30 am

  67. Not in 2014, maybe not in 2015 either. But 2016, yes.

    Comment by Cliff — December 4, 2012 @ 11:31 am

  68. I agree, Panda is only 26 y/o, doesn’t have any more Hamate bones and keeping him away from the Big Macs gives the Giants a very above average 3rd baseman.

    Comment by Hurtlockertwo — December 4, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

  69. The sad part is he won’t be able to walk when he’s 50. (I know, why walk when you have $250 million bucks)

    Comment by Hurtlockertwo — December 4, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

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