Winter Meetings Day 1: Yankees now need a third baseman

It’s the end of Day 1 of the 2012 Winter Meetings and the big news today is none other than Alex Rodriguez needing hip surgery which questions his 2013 season.  As if the job of Brian Cashman was hard enough, needing to replace a right fielder and a catcher–now we have to add third base to our list as well. The Yankees don’t have many options on the free agent market, which is where a trade would have to come in. Jon Morosi believes that Chase Headley of the Padres could be the Yankees best bet at this point, but if the Yankees want him then they would have to trade high.

Now, not sure if this would be a valid reason to get off A-Rod’s back during the postseason but A-Rod had the hip issues during the playoffs and even stayed in the hospital after one of the ALDS games vs. the Orioles. Again, not trying to give A-Rod an excuse as to why he performed poorly but–just saying.

In Other News:

Derek Jeter spoke on the Michael Kay show this afternoon to address how far along he is with his recovery. Jeter needs to wear the boot for another 6-7 weeks but he says he will be ready for Opening Day. When asked what Jeter wanted for Christmas, his answer was simple.

“I want this boot off my ankle.”

Oh also, Jeter has seen the pictures of himself in the New York Post looking out of shape. His answer about his workout regimen this offseason?

 “Evidently I haven’t been staying in shape.”

Well played Captain. Well played.

– Brian Cashman had a press conference earlier this afternoon during the Winter Meetings to address the Alex Rodriguez issue. He did give a firm no when asked if the Yankees would use Eduardo Nunez at 3B to replace A-Rod in the meantime. A-Rod will be the 3B once he returns but in the meantime, the Yankees are going to have to look high and low for a deal. Just–if you’re going to trade for a 3B, RF, C or something Cashman, don’t touch Brett Gardner. You’d be crazy to do so.

– Oh and one more note, Freddy Garcia won’t be back with the Yankees for the 2013 season. You can silently boo (or fist-pump depending on your views on Freddy now).

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Delia Enriquez is the managing editor of Yankees Fans Unite. She enjoys analyzing the New York Yankees whether it be their pitching, roster or their manager. You can follow her on twitter @dfiregirl4 for more tweets, analysis and opinion on the Yankees.

Posted on December 3, 2012, in Hot Stove, Misc. News and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Talk about those with class and those without class…which one do you think you belong to? Let me tell you jimmy, you would say you have as much if not more than I. It will be A-rods fault for being a competitive kid. You and your partner belong together!

    • my psartner?,,,,,, what makes you think i have a paretner?,….. at any rate,……… what arod, and anyone that used ped’s did, was dis respect the game, the fans, the owners,. the advertisers,. the banks, DISREPECTED THE ENTIRE WORLD, AND DISRESPECTED GOD,….. PEOPLE THAT LIVE A GOD-LESS LIFE LIKE AROD, FALL INTO SERIOUS PROBLEMS,.. SOME EVEN COMMITT SUICIDE,… OR GET IN OTHER BIG TROUBLE

      WHAT AROD DID ,, WAS SIO WRONG,.. INJECTING HGH INTO HIS HIPS,.. WHERE THE BONE MARROW IS,, THAT PRODUCES BLOOD CELLS,….. TO CHEAT THE GANME OF BASEBALL, TO CHEAT THE FANS, TO CHEAT THE PLAYERS HE FACED AGAINST, TGO CHEAT THE OWNERS,.. TO CHEAT EVERTYONE,… EVEN CHEAT HIMSELF OUT OF THE KINGDON OF GOD PROBABLY,

      AND YOU WANT ME TO SIT HERE AND NOT SAY ANYTHING

      READ JAMES IN THE BACK OFD THE BIBLE

      HE ADMONISGED THOSE SINNERS PRETTY STRAIGHT FORWARD,.. AS I AM DOING

      • The reality is that many players have taken something to increase their performance. 90% of them are unknown.

      • Jim2244…
        You know not what you are talking about, injecting HGH into the hip? Not that I know of, usually it is injected into the stomach area…of course, I am not up on drugs so I could be wrong.
        I have read the bible more times than I care to count.

        Mayhap you have forgotten another part in the Bible, “He without sin, throw the first stone” I think it is close enough for you to understand.

  2. Delia….
    Evidently Jeter had a break above the ankle for the boot to come off so quickly. hopefully he will not have the pain I still have once in a while!

  3. Jim22224444…You need to be addressed. The below post, of yours, should be stricken. I’ve been doing this for years….and your comment is amongst the worst I have read.
    “MAYBE arod will shoot himself in the chest like junior seau,.. and the yankees will be out of the contract……”
    That wording was intentional, and not put up by your crazed character.
    While I have you…………..Your use of religion, especially the Catholic religion, is wrong. Very wrong.
    This site, YFU, has a female, and a few young posters. You know this. Using the F— word, is OK with you? No one else matters? ….The word f—-, is used often……………why? Only you, right?
    So, go send your e-mails.

  4. When will Cashman finally cave and sign someone beyond this season? The way I see it, even if Cano signs a huge contract, they will still have between $45-55M to sign 16-17 players for 2014. While it definitely precludes huge ticket Free Agents it doesn’t mean they can’t bring in a guy or 2 in the $8-12M range.

    $45-55M is more than some team’s entire payrolls. For that money they will need a starting C, 3B, 2 OFs, 2 SPs, a full bench and 5-6 bullpen arms. So about 16 players averaging around $3M apiece. If you consider half those guys to be young guys making around the minimum that leaves 8 players for $40-50M. So they have money – they just can’t afford to make mistakes because they don’t have the extra money to make up for them like they did in the past.

  5. Via MLBTR:

    “The Yankees are open to trade scenarios involving Curtis Granderson, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney (Twitter link). Olney notes that moving Granderson’s $15MM salary would give general manager Brian Cashman more flexibility this offseason.

    Granderson will turn 32 next March and has seen his power numbers soar in the homer-friendly Yankee Stadium. Over the past two seasons he’s batted .247/.342/.522 with a whopping 84 homers. Following a fourth-place finish in MVP voting in 2011 though, Granderson saw his walk rate decline and his strikeout rate rise substantially in 2012.

    Several teams are looking for center field help, though the market has shrunk with the signings of B.J. Upton and Angel Pagan and the Nationals’ acquisition of Denard Span. The Phillies and Mariners strike me as teams in need of outfield help that could take on Granderson’s hefty salary, but that’s just my speculation.

    Cashman said in late October that he would keep an open mind in regards to trading Granderson, but stressed the difficulty of replacing a 40-homer bat in center field.”

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