In yet another blow of the kind that the Yankees, and fans of the senior citizens on their roster, are probably going to have to get used to, Alex Rodriguez– fresh off a horrific playoffs, and second half of the season– will undergo “a left hip arthroscopy to repair a torn labrum, bone impingement and the correction of a cyst.”
Not to wish anyone– even A-Rod– poor health, but it certainly appears to be good news for a newly-competitive Jays club, but I don’t think it’s quite so simple as that.
Ken Rosenthal tweets that Yankee doctors are saying that there’s a good possibility A-Rod’s poor end to 2012 was due to the hip. While he’ll never again be the same guy he was at his peak, even a return to his early season form makes Rodriguez a quality player– albeit one still on the decline and maybe not so suited for third base any longer.
That’s a problem, as Dave Cameron points out at FanGraphs, since the market for third basemen isn’t great. “The league just lacks interesting young third baseman who haven’t already become franchise players,” he says. But that doesn’t mean the Yankees can’t get creative– and Jon Morosi of Fox Sports think its time they do it, arguing that they can’t wait for A-Rod, and that they ought to make a play for Padres star and Brett-Lawrie-dream-projection Chase Headley.
It’s a terrifying thought– not enough people know how good Headley is, but they’d find out in a big hurry once he moved from Petco to the Bronx– but one we don’t have to worry about too too much, as Morosi suggests a package built around Phil Hughes and David Phelps, which… seriously?
Still, they’re probably going to do something here– otherwise the Jays window, I think, creeps open just a little bit more as the Yankees wait.
So… there’s that.