• Yanks Fans Should Root For Doc To Stick A Fork In A-Rod

    Posted by on December 4th, 2012 · Comments (15)

    If Alex Rodriguez is deemed unfit to play, then he still gets paid – but, the Yankees then also save seventy cents on the dollar and get him off the roster.  Sounds like a good deal, all-around, no?  Via Ken Rosenthal -

    [Alex] Rodriguez, 37, is not going to retire, not when he is owed $114 million in the final five years of his contract. But now that he is facing a second hip surgery, it’s not out of the question that doctors eventually might determine that he is physically unable to perform.

    At that point, Rodriguez still would be paid the remainder of his contract, but the Yankees would collect insurance – more than 70 percent of his salary, according to a source with knowledge of how such policies work.

    Maybe it’s early for such a doomsday scenario. But at this point, what are the odds of Rodriguez completing the final five years of his contract, the odds that he still will be playing at age 42?

    Rodriguez will undergo surgery in January to repair a torn labrum, bone impingement and cyst in his left hip, the Yankees announced Monday.

    The team’s official release said that he will miss four to six months, a time frame that will sideline him until at least May and possibly July.

    Rodriguez, a fanatical worker, surely will attempt to make a strong and rapid recovery; he did just that after undergoing surgery on his right hip in March 2009, and helped lead the Yankees to the World Series.

    This surgery, however, will be more extensive than his previous one, requiring a longer recovery time. Rodriguez also is at a stage in his career when he already is in decline.

    Carlos Delgado never played again after undergoing two surgeries on the same hip in a span of nine months when he was 37. And remember, Rodriguez’s right hip was not fully corrected in ’09. He originally was supposed to undergo a second surgery at the end of that season.

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    “The surgery that will just repair the labrum tear right now would shorten his rehab,” Cashman said then. “Then, following the conclusion of the season, going in and repair the remaining aspects that need to be repaired.”

    Rodriguez avoided that surgery by strengthening his hip. It’s possible that he will return with both hips stronger than ever before. But even then, he might not escape further problems.

    His gait might change due to his hip surgeries, leading to other injuries. And no one knows the exact toll that his acknowledged use of performance-enhancing drugs has exacted on his body.

    Cashman has acknowledged that Rodriguez is unlikely to regain his past glory, the questions surrounding A-Rod’s career are now more fundamental.

    Comments on Yanks Fans Should Root For Doc To Stick A Fork In A-Rod

    1. Raf
      December 4th, 2012 | 12:32 pm

      This Yankees fan does not root for career ending injuries.

    2. MJ Recanati
      December 4th, 2012 | 12:48 pm

      Raf wrote:

      This Yankees fan does not root for career ending injuries.

      Neither does this one.

    3. December 4th, 2012 | 1:08 pm

      @ Raf:
      @ MJ Recanati:
      The injury is already here. This is more a matter of trying to get out of a terrible contract.

    4. Raf
      December 4th, 2012 | 1:22 pm

      @ Steve L.:
      If the Yanks really wanted to get out from under Rodriguez’s contract, they would have.

    5. #15
      December 4th, 2012 | 1:47 pm

      Problem solved.@ Raf:

      Hey, accidents happen…

      All we need is a stray yellow VW bug and a Happy Gilmore moment…

      Albert Belle and Bo Jackson also went the path of degenerative/injured hips. You can’t be much of a player, let alone an impact player, if the wheels aren’t right.

      He got his ring and took that monkey off his back. A-Rod needs, what, roughly 100 dingers to catch Bonds… That’s looking less and less likely. If the all-time stats are getting out of reach and with the lack of love in the room, it wouldn’t suprise me to see A-Rod, at some point (maybe a year or two from now) end up or find a way to be classified as physically unfit to play… triggering an insurance payout and some relief from his contract for the Yankees. This would not displease me.

    6. G.I. Joey
      December 4th, 2012 | 6:01 pm

      I’m not rooting for it, but I’m not rooting against it either.

    7. KPOcala
      December 4th, 2012 | 7:12 pm

      @ Raf:Raf, with this injury taking so long to diagnose it’s possible that avascular necrosis has started (trust me, I’ve been around this block w/ my wife). That being the case then A-Rod is finished as an athlete, and from what I read are pretty well covered with insurance. Of course until they have surgery they won’t know for “sure”. Saying that, there tests that may have already detected evidence of “AV”, with Cashman keeping mum to keep the other GMs guessing. A lot of “ifs” with this team, and this could turn into a horror show season. Maybe some more zombie shows premier to take the sting out of the season ;)

    8. McMillan
      December 4th, 2012 | 7:19 pm

      Raf wrote:

      This Yankees fan does not root for career ending injuries.

      Neither does this one.

    9. Raf
      December 4th, 2012 | 7:44 pm

      KPOcala wrote:

      Raf, with this injury taking so long to diagnose it’s possible that avascular necrosis has started

      It’s possible, it’s plausible, but I’m not going to hope that it’s a career ending injury. Same went for Belle and Jackson. It sucks, and it’s unfortunate; these aren’t the only people who’ve had career ending injuries. But I’m not going to hope and wish that Rodriguez’s career is over.

      Saying that, there tests that may have already detected evidence of “AV”, with Cashman keeping mum to keep the other GMs guessing.

      MLB is a closed institution, and I cannot remember the last time a GM held up another GM because a player went down with an injury. Rodriguez was acquired after Boone went down with a major injury. The Rangers GM threw money on top of the deal. Who’s to say that 3b will not be filled internally, or externally via a FA or trade? What the Yanks need now is someone to tread water until June, when Rodriguez supposedly will return. Otherwise, they will rotate people in and out until they find someone to man the position. This isn’t the first time a team had to make do without the services of a player.

    10. Garcia
      December 4th, 2012 | 9:40 pm

      If you root for the laundry, then you want the best possible outcome — it’s not like ARod will be put under a guillotine if he’s deemed unfit to play. I do feel bad for ARod, I don’t think he’s THAT awful a person, but at the end of the day…out of sight, out of mind…if he’s not playing and he’s deemed unfit to play then it is the best possible outcome.

      If he comes back and starts jacking shots over the center field wall then great, but what are the chances of that happening? Probably somewhere between 0.001% – 3%. If he’s unable to stride and generate power, then put the old slugger to sleep and offer him Kim Jones’s old job on YES.

    11. JeremyM
      December 4th, 2012 | 10:41 pm

      @ Steve L.:
      Here’s the thing Steve. Why should I care if the Yankees get a payout on this deal? Will they use that money to improve the team? Doubtful, as this doesn’t help the luxury tax situation. Will it make tickets cheaper for the fans? Ha. Would it rob us of seeing any more of one of the all-time greats, basket case though he may be? Well, if the surgery doesn’t work as most of us hope, then yes. I want him back and healthy because it’s the only option that will help the on-field product, the only part I care about.

      Frankly, I am about sick of hearing about the Yankees budget. I can’t bring myself to care if the Yankees maximize revenue – I want to see them win ballgames. Austerity 2014 sucks and I can’t bring myself to care if a couple of guys grow their inheritance a bit more. Maybe it would help things a bit in 2015 but that’s a long ways away.

    12. KPOcala
      December 5th, 2012 | 12:44 pm

      @ Raf: I agree. I would never want any even half-decent athlete to go out because of injury. There are some SOBs over the years that I wouldn’t have shed a tear, but A-Rod doesn’t seem like a true SOB…

    13. KPOcala
      December 5th, 2012 | 7:44 pm

      @ JeremyM: HERE! HERE! Man you’ve nailed it. The only real reason for the Steins to get below the tax threshold is so they get a better price when they sell the team. Otherwise, this is all total BS.

    14. Raf
      December 5th, 2012 | 7:55 pm

      KPOcala wrote:

      @ JeremyM: HERE! HERE! Man you’ve nailed it. The only real reason for the Steins to get below the tax threshold is so they get a better price when they sell the team. Otherwise, this is all total BS.

      How can they get a better price by putting out an inferior product? If anything, the common rumor being bandied about is that they’re planning on gaming the system by having the tax threshold reset, but I have a hard time believing that as well, especially considering what Fox just paid for a piece of YES.

    15. KPOcala
      December 5th, 2012 | 9:21 pm

      @ Raf: Raf, they still have a giant fan base, network, with a small payroll after either 13/14 they could pull a “Dodgers thing”, with a big group with big pockets looking to cash in. On the other hand, the economy crashes completely, making Hal look like a genius that he could be. Who knows, these guys play a higher dimension chess game than most people are used to seeing…Wonder how Hank and Hal are getting along these days ;)

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