All of the talk lately has been focused on the Yankees picking up a DH in the wake of the Jesus Montero/Michael Pineda deal. However, if it were up to slugger Alex Rodriguez the Yankees won’t fill the position and instead would use a “revolving door” DH, he told Alvaro Morales of ESPN Deportes.
“I think the vision for us as a team is now … you want the DH spot to be one that’s kind of a revolving door,” he said in an interview with ESPNdeportes’ Alvaro Morales. “I think a lot of us at some point or another, in such a long season, are going occupy that spot.
“But for me, I’m really excited about playing third base.”
“I feel pretty good right now and I hope that (the procedure) helps me stay healthy and have … a great year on the field,” Rodriguez told Morales. “My workouts are going great and I’m looking forward to report day on Feb. 24 (to) get started and have a great year for the Yankees.”
A-Rod will still play third base next season, as he did quite capably last season. However, he has failed to stay healthy and play consistently since he re-signed with the Yankees back before 2008. So while he is still solid in the field, it is probably best to keep him off it for the sake of his health.
I expect A-Rod will probably play about 40 games as the DH with Andruw Jones getting another 40-50 starts there. Maybe Derek Jeter picks up 20 more. Somebody like Eric Chavez, who has not yet re-signed, or a non-roster invitee will grab the rest of the DH starts.