As the 2013 baseball season winds down, the Hot Stove heats up with rumblings, rumors and signings. Teams plan ahead before the final game of the season, discussing what positions need to be filled the following year. The Yankees shopping list is pretty lengthy but there are also question marks. Want to see what I mean? Here’s a partial checklist:
— Bullpen pitchers
— Three starting pitchers
— An outfielder
— A second basemen
— A catcher
— A third basemen (????)
Notice there are question marks around third base. That’s because the Yankees are in limbo about whether or not to spend money on a third basemen. It all goes back to Alex Rodriguez‘s appeal. You see, if all had went well, the decision to the appeal should have been made just before the World Series. However, with breaks in between and the next hearing not happening for another three weeks, the appeal might not end until November 22 at the earliest. The decision to the case might not happen until after the Winter Meetings (December 9-12), the latest being the week before Christmas.
With so many delays in A-Rod’s appeal hearing, the Yankees might not know until Christmas if they need a new third basemen, and it could possibly be too late since the big free agents will already be off the board.
Brian Cashman stressed at his end of the season meeting that he considered Rodriguez an eligible piece for 2014 since he hasn’t been suspended yet. However, it would be nice for the appeal to end as soon as possible, just so the Yankees know where they stand with the third base situation come next season.