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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Rosenthal: Are A-Rod’s days at third numbered?

Are Alex Rodriguez’s days as a full-time third baseman numbered?

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says no. But others in the industry say the team may be laying groundwork to use Rodriguez as their primary designated hitter, starting next season.

The Yankees, who say they do not plan to trade Rodriguez, are trying to land a veteran infielder who can play third and also fill in at short with Derek Jeter coming off surgery on his left ankle.

However, few available players fit that description, and Cashman said Saturday that the Yankees’ intent is not to move Rodriguez off of third base.

“There is no discussion whatsoever about Alex transitioning from third base to DH, part-time DH, first base or any other position on the field,” Cashman said.

“As we approach anyone in the free-agent market or anyone in trades, we’re making sure we have insurance policies, (asking) our what-ifs?”

... So, the Yankees are looking for additional help.

The team has renewed its longstanding interest in free agent Jeff Keppinger, sources say, and also has expressed interest in Stephen Drew, according to CBSSports.com.

Two other infielders – free agent Marco Scutaro and Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta - might be even better fits for the Yankees due to their greater experience playing both short and third.

Thanks to DR.

Repoz Posted: November 24, 2012 at 03:49 PM | 25 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Srul Itza Posted: November 24, 2012 at 06:08 PM (#4308740)
Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin,
   2. Ray (RDP) Posted: November 24, 2012 at 06:34 PM (#4308747)
The team has renewed its longstanding interest in free agent Jeff Keppinger, sources say,


There is such a thing as longstanding interest in Jeff Keppinger? Isn't this like having a pining for Roseanne Barr for decades?
   3. bobm Posted: November 24, 2012 at 08:36 PM (#4308810)
The team has renewed its longstanding interest in free agent Jeff Keppinger, sources say, and also has expressed interest in Stephen Drew, according to CBSSports.com the propagandist for Drew's agent Scott Boras, the shill Jon Heyman


FTFY
   4. Rafael Bellylard: Built like a Panda. Posted: November 24, 2012 at 09:28 PM (#4308825)
There is such a thing as longstanding interest in Jeff Keppinger? Isn't this like having a pining for Roseanne Barr for decades?


You're bringing back bad memories. Stop.
   5. Boxkutter Posted: November 24, 2012 at 11:17 PM (#4308883)
Of course his days at 3B are numbered. Does anyone think that he will play 3B for all eternity?
   6. bjhanke Posted: November 25, 2012 at 01:21 AM (#4309024)
Why don't they just move ARod to SS, and DH Jeter? When they were both playing SS, on different teams, ARod was always better than Derek. It's still probably true, no matter how bad ARod is at 3B. - Brock Hanke
   7. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: November 25, 2012 at 01:34 AM (#4309027)
There is such a thing as longstanding interest in Jeff Keppinger?


Sure there is! I've been interested in Keppinger since he hit over .400 for like half a season at Altoona. He's a fun player.
   8. Srul Itza At Home Posted: November 25, 2012 at 03:12 AM (#4309049)
Does anyone think that he will play 3B for all eternity?


Maybe for Satan's Nine.
   9. vivaelpujols Posted: November 25, 2012 at 05:52 AM (#4309063)
I wonder who moves first between Arod and Jeter.
   10. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: November 25, 2012 at 10:55 AM (#4309095)
The Yankees ... are trying to land a veteran infielder who can play third and also fill in at short ...

However, few available players fit that description ...


It's worse than that, actually. The Yankees need a player who is good enough to play every day on a contender, and also both willing and able to play SS on Jeter's off/DH days and 3B on A-Rod's off/DH days. Not happening.
   11. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: November 25, 2012 at 11:04 AM (#4309098)
Not happening? Didn't you hear Jeff Keppinger is available? He played 115 games for a contender this year.
   12. Dan Posted: November 25, 2012 at 12:43 PM (#4309129)
Jeff Keppinger might be the only player with significant MLB playing time at SS who'd be worse defensively than Jeter.
   13. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: November 25, 2012 at 12:58 PM (#4309140)
Why lock yourself into one player to fill in at both positions? Eric Chavez fills in admirably at third when he's not hurt. Get a backup middle infielder for both Jeter and Cano. If they resign Chavez, he's a non-embarrassing fill-in at the corners.
   14. Ray (RDP) Posted: November 25, 2012 at 02:07 PM (#4309169)
I wonder who moves first between Arod and Jeter.


Clearly ARod. Jeter will be wheeled out there in a cart and dumped onto the field at the end. As long as he can play on his leg, he will be out there. And as we saw in the playoffs, they have no trouble treating ARod unfairly.

I mean, the Yankees have done it this way for 17 years. Why do we think they'd be different at the end?
   15. Walt Davis Posted: November 25, 2012 at 02:14 PM (#4309173)
few available players fit that description

They aren't necessarily great fits (i.e. the Yanks won't want to pay for them) but:

JJ Hardy (O's have Machado)
Scutaro
Drew
Peralta
Sean Rodriguez maybe
Punto maybe
Infante
Aviles (traded twice this offseason already)
   16. BDC Posted: November 25, 2012 at 05:23 PM (#4309224)
The Yankees ... are trying to land a veteran infielder who can play third and also fill in at short

I'm sure Michael Young is available. C'mon, he won't even have to shave off any facial hair.
   17. Esmailyn Gonzalez Sr. Posted: November 25, 2012 at 05:51 PM (#4309230)
Chone Figgins!
   18. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: November 25, 2012 at 07:03 PM (#4309256)
I wonder who moves first between Arod and Jeter.

Of course the punchline is....neither!
   19. jingoist Posted: November 25, 2012 at 09:43 PM (#4309336)
JJ Hardy is going nowhere anytime soon, Walt.
Buck thinks he's the best defensive SS in the AL' Machado is projected as the next great 3B-man for the Os.
I say get Scutaro as he can play SS and back up Cano at 2nd
   20. Athletic Supporter can feel the slow rot Posted: November 26, 2012 at 05:09 AM (#4309570)
JJ Hardy is going nowhere anytime soon, Walt.
Buck thinks he's the best defensive SS in the AL' Machado is projected as the next great 3B-man for the Os.
I say get Scutaro as he can play SS and back up Cano at 2nd


Buck's hyperbole aside, I think Hardy is one of the most underrated players out there. He's a very good defender by all metrics including the eye test and he's got quite a bit of pop.
   21. Bug Selig Posted: November 26, 2012 at 08:06 AM (#4309577)
I don't know how Drew to the Tigers, Peralta to the Yanks could be any more obvious. Boras has been bending Ilitch over the desk for years. 5 years for a shortstop with one leg would be par for the course.
   22. Dan Posted: November 26, 2012 at 08:37 AM (#4309583)
Even on one leg Drew is probably a better defender at short than Peralta.
   23. Rusty Priske Posted: November 26, 2012 at 11:56 AM (#4309653)
Since when is trying to win the game 'treating ARod unfairly'?
   24. Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: November 26, 2012 at 12:03 PM (#4309664)

Why don't they just move ARod to SS, and DH Jeter? When they were both playing SS, on different teams, ARod was always better than Derek. It's still probably true, no matter how bad ARod is at 3B. - Brock Hanke


A-Rod is breaking down; Jeter has been on the field. A-Rod is much, much bigger than when he was a shortstop; Jeter's physique has remained near-constant over his career.

I'd wager that at this point in their careers, Jeter is the better defensive shortstop than A-Rod. Nearly an extra decade of practice and all that jazz.
   25. Cris E Posted: November 29, 2012 at 02:09 AM (#4312110)
#18 - bravo!

#21 I don't know how Drew to the Tigers, Peralta to the Yanks could be any more obvious

Totally agree. Peralta at SS for a couple months and then to 3B as needed (and maybe back to SS for a few more months if Derek doesn't come all the way back and can be convinced to think of the team.)

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