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A-Rod is out, and just might be a DH now

By December 3, 2012

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Alex Rodriguez was considered overpaid 10 years ago, when he was the best player in the game.

But few contracts in baseball history are going to look uglier than the second A-Rod contract. On Monday, it added another big scar.

Rodriguez will have a second hip surgery and will likely miss at least the first half of the 2013 season. He had surgery on his right hip in 2009. Now the problem is his left hip.

Rodriguez, 38 and coming off his worst season statistically, is still owed $114 million through 2017. He'll be paid for the next six months to undergo rehab.

"It's a significant blow," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said to ESPN.com. "But we've dealt with significant blows and, hopefully, we'll be able to deal with this one, as well."

But even when he comes back, this could mean the end of A-Rod's days as a fielder. Two bad hips and a bad knee for a player closing on 40? It's might be time to put away the glove.

And could Derek Jeter be moving to third base? That could be a development as well. Jeter will turn 39 next June. Ozzie Smith wasn't a full-time shortstop at 39. Omar Vizquel lasted there until 40. It might be time to have that conversation with the Captain.

Then the Yankees will need a shortstop. And there's no real attractive candidates in free agency. Maybe the Yankees can sway somebody like the Indians into a deal for Astrubal Cabrera, but they might not have the prospects to swing to Cleveland for that deal, or a similar one elsewhere.

And even so, the Yankees are already too old. That just patches the hole -- it doesn't fix it. The Yankees are in transition, and looking vulnerable.


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