Five Yankees Who Need A Good Spring Training

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Sep 20, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez (13) is greeted at home by right fielder Ichiro Suzuki (31) and catcher J.R. Murphy (66) after hitting a grand slam home run against the San Francisco Giants during the seventh inning of a game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

3B- Alex Rodriguez

We all know the deal with A-Rod. He’s coming off a suspension. He’s owed $61 million over the next three seasons. (No matter how many times you type that out it doesn’t get better). He turns 40 in July. He’s got two bad hips.

The Yankees brought Chase Headley back to play third base. Make no mistake. He’ll be the third baseman. Rodriguez will have to adjust to a new role as a DH/3B and should learn 1B to give himself more of an opportunity to play. Let’s face it. Mark Teixeira isn’t exactly Lou Gehrig in the durability department.

Rodriguez hasn’t faced a major league pitcher since the end of 2013. He needs to come into the spring and show that he can actually still hit. He needs to show he can still play the field a little. He also needs to be seen rather than heard. He should come in, do whatever kind of apology he’s going to do and then just go and work hard and show he can still play.