A busted-up Alex Rodriguez surprises no one in Yankee Land. He’s a bust, now, even if healthy, no matter how hard Randy Levine tries to save face and sticks his finger in Cashman’s eye in the same DN article that Cashman warns of ARod’s futility. Still, third base is a bust getting worse by the week. The Yanks will pay no less than $40 million to staff the hot corner (or, more appropriately, the cold corner) for 162 games this year, that would be ARod + Youk + whoever gasses either of them because Youk is no physical specimen. Cashman will be lucky to take home a .250-20-70 dashline for the payout.
Eric Chavez will earn $3 million with Arizona this year. He will be the running baseline comparison.
Let me remind you that Kevin Youkilis struggles without favorable strike calls. Don’t we all.
Add Mark Teixeira – remember him? – into the mix, and it’s $62.5 million plus to field the corners in Yankee Stadium.
There is value in Robbie Cano in a contract year. He won’t have much support.
In much the same way as a digestive system rejects abuse by angrily vomiting the sum of a night’s bender into the gutter in front of the bar, the Yanks need to loose the last of the pumped-up 00′s contracts and get going to the karmic cleanse. ARod is a big part of that and it is amazing how little he will be missed.