Sep 5, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (13) doubles to deep left during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Where’s the Love? A-Rod Could Be the Starting Third Baseman in 2014


The fate of New York Yankees’ third baseman Alex Rodriguez is still unknown at this point. He, along with the Yankees and the rest of the baseball world are waiting to hear the decision of arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. If Horowitz hands down a decision that Rodriguez will live by the ruling of Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, A-Rod is done for all of the 2014 season and the first portion of the 2015 season. What if Horowitz rules that MLB doesn’t have enough evidence based on testimony that A-Rod is free and clear to continue his baseball career?

It means that the Yankees have their starting third baseman for 2014 and beyond. A-Rod is under contract through the 2017 season. He missed significant time last season while recovering from hip surgery, that made headlines as A-Rod and general manager Brian Cashman had a war of words over whether A-Rod was fit to play, or if the Yankees were trying to prevent him from returning to the field at all.

The situation could be worse for the Yankees. Sure, he’s owned $25 million dollars, which will go well over that when he reaches career home run #660, which is a marketing bonus for matching all-time great Willie Mays on the career home run list. Rodriguez is said to be working out and preparing for next season as if he is going to win his freedom from the arbitration hearing. However, since the Yankees are already on the hook for his contract, and he becomes available to play, he can still be a solid contributor to the Yankees already potent revamped lineup.

This winter’s free agent market was thin on productive third basemen to begin with, and factoring in the Yankees’ loss of Robinson Cano to the Seattle Mariners, the Bombers could use solid production from the hot corner. If A-Rod has fully recovered from his hip surgery, and comes into camp ready to go, there is no reason to think he can’t hit between .270 and .280, with 20-30 home runs, and between 80-100 RBI. Of course this is assuming he is healthy, beats the arbitration rap, and plays more than 100 games.

What will be interesting to see, is if he does win his case, and opens the season as the starter at third base, how the Yankees fans will welcome him back. A recent Twitter question addressed the issue of whom did the Yankees have distaste for the most, A-Rod or Cano:

 

 

And these were some of the responses received…

 

 

 

 

Fellow Yanks Go Yard scribe Brendan Fitzgerald even chimed in with his own take on the questions posed:

 

 

Can Alex Rodriguez even endear himself to the Yankee faithful ever again? What must he do, aside from stopping the reality show-type drama, retire from the game and walk way? Would returning to MVP-form make the fans forgive and forget? Would being a vital part of another World Series championship run make everything okay? Would a monster postseason make all of the boos turn into cheers?

Yankees fans may not love Alex Rodriguez, and they might not like him even a little bit, but the fact remains that he could very well play a big part in the success or failure of the team in 2014. Nobody likes to be lied to, and A-Rod received a bit of a reprieve after his 2009 postseason performance that helped crown the Yankees as the Kings of Baseball once again.

With the latest news of Biogenesis, the nonsense that has surrounded his arbitration hearing, and the aftermath of his walking out of said hearing after a foul-language laced tirade by the former 3-time league MVP, and the embarrassing appearance hours afterward on the Mike Francesa Show, one has to think that anything short of batting 1.000 with a home run every time he steps to the plate, along with never making another error at third base the remainder of his career, Alex Rodriguez will remain the most hated man in professional baseball. What options do the Yankees have if he’s suspended for the next season and a half? A platoon of Mark Reynolds, Kelly Johnson or some unknown, yet to be signed free agent whose ability doesn’t hold a handle to that of A-Rod’s? Where’s the love Yankees fans, because after all, do you care what he does if he performs when it matters most?

Tags: Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees

  • Dean

    ARoid. I used to like him. He’s just a liar. Cano was up front about the lust for money.

    • Jd

      Obviously you didn’t pay attention to the entire situation. Cano didn’t leave because of money, he left because he felt disrespected. His own agency came out and said Cano would have stayed for 8/200.
      Did you even watch the presser of him being introduced as a Mariner? He wanted to jump on a plane back to NY ASAP.

  • Corethree

    Arod would only be in the way. He will never be a vital part of anything ever again. As far as i’m concerned we didn’t need him in 2009 to win the WS. He gets paid to much and to hit home runs. He can’t even hit the ball. He’s in the way. The only way the Yankees win the WS in 2014 is if arod aint there.

    • Jd

      We didn’t need to win the world series in 09, what? Probably the most ridiculous statement I’ve ever read.

      • Corethree

        Thats not what it says idiot. learn how to read ahole. Go play with abod arod.

        • Jd

          Are you effin stupid douche canoe?
          Your words nipple dick… As far as I’m concerned, we didn’t need Arod to win the world series in 09.

          That’s the dumbest UCKING thing I’ve ever heard.

          Because if you actually believe that, you’re dumber than your effin picture looks.

          I hear the Mets are looking for moronic fans, you’ll fit right in.

          • Corethree

            Come to 65 devine road, Dekalb NY. I won;t waste my words on an uneducated moron. Come and see me coward.

          • Jd

            Jimmy DeMarco motha UCKA. And you’re calling me a coward? You can look me up on Facebook… I’m the easy one to pick out… I got a big yellow middle finger as my profile pic and my 4 daughter’s as my cover page.

            674 Avenue c, Bayonne NJ 07002. My Facebook is public and my cell is their.

            You don’t even give your name and you’re calling me a coward, classic kid.

            I’ve been cooped up in my house after having back surgery a month and a half ago.
            Trust me, I’m 1 pissed off 39 year old fuck bag just itching to shove my foot up someone’s ass.

          • Corethree

            Even being 72, i’d rip your head off. I’ve killed at least 40 gooks, why would i care about one more.

          • Corethree

            You got my address.

          • Jd

            Just as I figured. You’d hide and wouldn’t give shit. You’re a piece of shit KID, who got slapped in your mouth from someone through a cell phone. Who doesn’t even have the balls to give their name after calling someone a coward. And you say you’re 72? My father is that old. And if he was as dumb as you and ran his mouth through a commentary article, at least he’d have the balls to give his name. Or, take the other person up on his Facebook offer. Please, just stop embarrassing yourself.

            People like you are complete garbage.
            And I’ll say it again.

            JIMMY DEMARCO
            674 AVENUE C BAYONNE NJ, 07002
            Come to my Facebook page. Be, ahem, a “man”. But we know you won’t.
            Stay off the sites kid.

            I’m going to go put my 4 young daughter’s to sleep, you go and sit in your parents basement and play COD Ghosts.

            I’ve been on Facebook WAITING. I even dedicated a post to you.

            You’re garbage and do nothing but hide behind one of the dumbest statements I’ve ever read from a so called, “Yankee” fan.

            Just stop replying, please. While this is entertaining to me, it’s clearly pathetic for you.

          • Jd

            It’s a 6 hour and 5 minute ride.

  • Jd

    If we can all come back from LA LA land for a moment. I don’t give a flying pair of squirrel nuts if Arod did steroids or not. Everyone in baseball did it. For UCK sake, everyone called Canseco a nut job when he opened his mouth. Yeah, he’s been 1000% right so far, how’s that working out for ya Selig?

    Secondly, since people don’t look at things from a baseball or business stand point. The reason for wanting Arod off the team is from a financial standpoint, not because he’s a liar or people actually make themselves believe he had nothing to do with the Yankees winning a World Series in 09, absolutely ridiculous.
    I’m sure the people who can’t stand Arod are the same people who want Pete Rose in the HOF.

    And you’re right though. Arod is worse than Mcguire, Sosa, Palmeiron, Bonds and Clemens. All guys who lied to Congress. Yet, 2 of them are still employed by MLB teams.
    Holy UCKING sh*t people, pull your heads out of your a$$e$.
    And as for not needing Arod. Go look up the stats for every single person that played 3rd base for the ya last, then look at Arods stats in about a quarter of the games.

    Saying you don’t want him here because of his contract, absolutely agree. But to actually believe that Kelly Johnson, Eduardo Nunez, Mark Reynolds, Michael Young or Brian Roberts are better than Arod, I hear the Mets are looking for fans.