Saturday, March 7, 2009

We need to upgrade bench

I know not only there are a lot of rumors flying around regard of what exactly happen to A-Rod right now but also there are different opinons regard what Yankees should let A-Rod to have surgery now or not.

I can't make up my mind. On one hand, We often want to avoid surgery at all cost. The same thing may apply to baseball players. On top of that, there is no doubt A-Rod is a tough player. If Jeter can play through a broken wrist and Mo can play through a painful shoulder injury most of last season, A-Rod may be able to do it as well. Not to mention, Ultey and Lowell did the same thing last season when they have similar injury.

On the other hand, why not do it now if A-Rod will need surgery eventually. Not to mention, playing through this hip injury may lead to another injury. When you consider A-Rod was signed through until age 42 and Utley and Lowell were not the same player last season, we may just let A-Rod have that surgery now. If we do it now, we have a free March for rehab. If A-Rod needs 5 months to recover, we still can get him back in August for playoff run.

So, I trust any decision Yankees make because they certainly have more information on hand than us. If I have to guess now, Yankees will let A-Rod play through it if this happen during season. Because we still have a month of spring training, some options on trade or free agent market on this bad economy and long term commitment to A-Rod, A-Rod will have his surgery. Right now, Cashman may just try to play game to gain some time in order to get a player to replace A-Rod.

It's impossible to replace A-Rod's production. I won't trade good prospects for a star 3B for this 4 months rental with potential of eating another bad contract. I won't think about moving someone on Yankees now to play 3B(Teixeira, Cano, Nady and Swisher) because it is hard enough for them to step up their games in order to make up A-Rod's absence.

The more I think about it, the more I think the thing Yankees need to do now is upgrading their bench. In the past few years, We have a bad bench because no one wants to sit on Yankees bench when they know they won't have much playing time. Even if we go with Cody Ransom at 3B, we still need another utility infielder. Even if we let A-Rod play through this hip injury, he need to rest more. That's why we difinitely need to upgrade the bench.

I like Mark Grudzielanek or Chone Figgins if we can get them. Because Chone Figgins was signed to almost 6 million and we need to trade prospects for him, it may be better to get Grudzielanek. However, Chone is younger, can play many positions and can do a lot of different things for us when Grudzielanek haven't play at 3B.

P.S After hearing few games in spring training, it seems Berroa's defense is very terrible. It further proves we need to upgrade our bench.

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