Brian Cashman reiterated it many times before: whoever they signed during the offseason to play third base would be the everyday third basemen for the New York Yankees in 2015. Just a few days ago, the everyday third basemen became Chase Headley after he signed a four-year, $52 Million deal. However, Alex Rodriguez isn’t going to concede, and he plans to battle Headley for the everyday job coming into Spring Training.
A source close to Rodriguez told the New York Daily News Rodriguez was in shape and just because the Yankees signed Headley, it didn’t mean Rodriguez would be willing to settle in being the designated hitter come 2015.
“He’s in unbelievable shape,” the source said. “He’s going in focused on winning his job.”
While Rodriguez hasn’t grasped the fact he’s no longer the everyday third basemen, many scouts and even Brian Cashman are uncertain what to expect from Rodriguez. Rodriguez hasn’t seen Major League pitching in almost two years, he’s 40-years-old and he’s coming off two major hip surgeries. The signing of Headley in the eyes of one scout, was justified.
“Nobody has seen him [Rodriguez] swing a bat in more than a year; if he can be productive, the Yankees would be thrilled to pencil him in as the DH 130 times next season,” the major league scout said. “The question is whether he can still be productive.”
“I have no idea what to expect with Alex; that’s why we’ve acted accordingly,” Cashman said, as he referred to the signing of Chase Headley. “We’re hoping for the best. By the time Opening Day rolls around, it will have been 18 months since his last at-bat. I don’t know what to expect. That’s not to be inflammatory; it’s just truthful.”
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