Cashman: There is a chance A-Rod doesn’t come back at all

Yankees third baseman Rodriguez takes a drink during a break prior to playing against the Angels in their MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

Alex Rodriguez finally had surgery to repair his hip earlier this month and is expected back sometime in mid-July. However, Yankees GM Brian Cashman notes that there is a chance that he doesn’t come back at all.

“Yeah,” Cashman told Sweeny Murti of WFAN when asked if there was a chance he wouldn’t come back. “I think because (of) the serious nature of the surgery and the condition that he’s trying to recover from, you know, there is that chance.”

A-Rod had similar hip surgery back in 2009 and only needed a few short months to come back. However, this surgery was much more in depth and also involved a bone impingement and a cyst. The fact that it’s also his second hip surgery also complicates things as it the hip is never properly reset.

That’s why the Yankees were so aggressive (maybe aggressive isn’t the right word, but they did low-ball every available third baseman) when they signed Kevin Youkilis. Not only is A-Rod going to have to spend the bulk of his time at DH when he returns, but there is a real chance that he doesn’t return at all. It’s good to see that Cashman realizes this so that the Yankees could plan for the possibility. Now I wish he would go out and get a real DH.

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8 Responses to Cashman: There is a chance A-Rod doesn’t come back at all

  1. John says:

    Rob, dumb question. If Arod never comes back does that free up his salary off the Luxury Tax?
    Also hate to say it again, but if Cashman hadnt traded Montero for a guy whos arm fell off they wouldnt need a DH.

    • It depends if he voluntarily retired or if he took a buyout. My guess is that there is no chance that he's just going to walk away from his contract. If they did work out a buyout agreement with him, that money would still count toward the tax. If he just walked away (again, a very unlikely proposition) then his contract wouldn't count toward the tax.

      Keep in mind, the Yankees are covered by insurance, but even if insurance paid 100% of his contract (it doesn't) that money would still count toward that tax.

      So the only chance his contract doesn't count toward the tax is if he voluntarily retires.

      • thurmanmantle says:

        I know i'm keepin my fingers crossed in hopes that he's done. He doesn't need the $,
        i'm sure he's got more than Bill gates.

  2. Tanned Tom says:

    Let's hope he retires. A DH with a .290 OBP is worthless, so stop with the Montero crush. Maybe we'll see enough of Nunez to know if he can cut it.

  3. Mike says:

    Would you retire if you had his contract? I don't think so.

  4. thurmanmantle says:

    If he would just walk away, an awful lot of hate would just evaporate.
    It would also show that he has finally become a man.

  5. gcorcoran says:

    I don't think he would ever retire and walk away from those millions of dollars. At this point in his career the public's good will means very little. It's not like if everyone likes him it's going to advance his career in any way. He doesn't act, he's not a guy who's going to get endorsements, and he's not going to be a sportscaster. Might as well let the contract pay out. He would make a great hitting coach, but I don't think he would abandon 27 million/year to do that for 0.5 million a year. We're stuck with this contract whether we like it or not. I know I wouldn't.

    The only thing I'm not clear on is if he still gets his money if he retires due to injury. If he does, then he can retire and still get his money, while the Yankees get his money paid for by insurance and it doesn't count towards to salary tax. Win for everyone, but I doubt if that's the case.