The Yankees have a DH… his name is Alex Rodriguez

The A. J. Burnett deal has opened up the chance that Raul Ibanez will be a New York Yankee soon.

If they want him to give the team outfield depth, it makes sense. Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, Andruw Jones and Nick Swisher could make a good combination. But you never know, especially with the unpredictable Jones.

But if they want Ibanez to be the fulltime DH, I must submit that would be a mistake for the Yankees. They have a DH on the roster. It is A-Rod.

Let me make my case by asking 5 questions.


That’s obviously a big yes. Even if he isn’t an MVP candidate anymore (he isn’t) he still is a dangerous hitter and helps the hitters right behind him and in front of him by playing every day.


Probably not. In fact he hasn’t played 150 games at third base since 2007, when he was 31 and before I knew about what his cousin was shooting in his butt. He is going to be 36 this season and he only played 87 last year at third. When relatively healthy he has yet to play 140 games a season since resigning. So in a best case scenario, someone other than A-Rod will be playing third base 20-30 times.

Well the days of players suddenly getting stronger in their mid to late 30s has mysteriously ended. And even A-Rod isn’t dumb enough to get caught again.

How does he feel health wise? The fact that he’s running all over the world, including blood treatments in Germany, makes me thinking that maybe he has some real concerns going into the new season.


What do you think?


He has 6 more years to this amazing deal.
Last year he was 35 years old and breaking down. At age 41, he will be paid as an elite player.
Shouldn’t the Yankees do everything they can to have him NOT totally break down in his mid 30s so they can squeeze something out of him in his early 40s?

So keeping these five questions in mind, why not put him at Designated Hitter?
Why risk having a player who is already a health risk and put him in the infield where he’s probably only going to play 110-120 games at most anyway.

Wouldn’t it help the Yankees to have A-Rod in the line up for an additional 25-40 games?

Have him play third maybe once a week or in the Interleague Games. Or maybe not.
But resign Eric Chavez and have Ramiro Pena and Eduardo Nunez play third in a rotation. Maybe at the trade deadline swing a deal when a team is dumping salaries. (If the Nationals fall out of contention, Mark Teahen is a pending free agent. Maybe stick him at third.)

Mind you, I think the same thing should be done for three other big leaguers.

Kevin Youkilis? He should be the Red Sox DH. After this year when we all say good bye to Ortiz, put Youk in at DH. He’s not valuable for his glove. He needs to get on base and smack balls off the wall.

Miguel Cabrera? His job is to jack balls out of the park and make sure Prince Fielder sees a lot of fastballs.

Albert Pujols? His job is to launch homers into that strange Thunder Mountain Railroad thingee in centerfield and sell jerseys.

It all makes sense to me.
Which is why it probably won’t happen.

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The All Time Tim Wakefield Red Sox Teammate Roster… Home Grown and Acquired

Tim Wakefield’s career is over, falling just 6 wins short of Roger Clemens and Cy Young’s all time Red Sox mark. His time with the Red Sox deserves a salute.

In many ways, Tim Wakefield has had one of the most unique careers in Red Sox history. No person other than Johnny Pesky has interacted with more legends of the franchise. And Wakefield has done it as an active player.

He was teammates with two members of the 1986 squad and has been a teammate of every post strike Red Sox player.

He has connections to Red Sox players that is Kevin Bacon esque. He even was a teammate of a 1978 Red Sox player! (Albeit when Eck returned to finish his career in Boston.)

I was going to make a 25 man roster of great Red Sox players who were Wakefield’s teammates over his 17 years in Boston.

But I realized that he played with so many quintessential Red Sox players that I could actually make up TWO all time Rosters. One consisting only of players who originated in the Red Sox organization and those that were acquired from other teams.

Yup, it’s another Home Grown vs. Acquired Roster.

I am calling a player who started in the Red Sox organization as “Home Grown.” So that means Curt Schilling is on the Home Grown Team even though they picked him up from Arizona later in his career. They are my rules.

As always the Rosters will consist of a starter at each position, 5 starters, 5 relievers, 2 reserve infielders, 2 reserve outfielders, a back up catcher and a 25th man who could be any position.

The All Home Grown Red Sox Tim Wakefield Teammate Team

Starting Catcher – Scott Hatteberg

Teammates from 1995-2001

Starting First Baseman – Mo Vaughn

Teammates from 1995-1998

Starting Second Baseman – Dustin Pedroia

Teammates from 2006-2011

Starting Shortstop – Nomar Garciaparra

Teammates from 1996-2004

Starting Third Baseman – John Valentin

Teammates from 1995-2001

Starting Left Fielder – Mike Greenwell

Teammates from 1995-1996

Starting Center Fielder – Jacoby Ellsbury

Teammates from 2007-2011

Starting Right Fielder – Trot Nixon

Teammates from 1996-2006

Starting Designated Hitter – Kevin Youkilis

Teammates from 2004-2011

Starting Rotation

Roger Clemens

Teammates from 1995-1996

Jon Lester

Teammates from 2006-2011

Curt Schilling

Teammates from 2004-2007

Clay Buchholz

Teammates from 2007-2011

Aaron Sele

Teammates from 1995-1997


Jonathan Papelbon

Teammates from 2005-2011

Manny Delcarmen

Teammates from 2005-2010

Daniel Bard

Teammates from 2009-2011

Casey Fossum

Teammates from 2001-2003

Justin Masterson

Teammates from 2008-2009

The Bench

Reserve Infielder – Tim Naehring

Teammates 1995-1997

Reserve Infielder – Shea Hillenbrand

Teammates 2001-2003

Reserve Outfielder – Josh Reddick

Teammates 2009-2011

Reserve Outfielder – Donnie Sadler

Teammates 1998-2000

Reserve Catcher – Kelly Shoppach

Teammates in 2005

25th Man – Jed Lowrie

Teammates 2008-2011

The All Acquired Red Sox Tim Wakefield Teammate Team

Starting Catcher – Doug Mirabelli

Teammates from 2001-2007

Starting First Baseman – Kevin Millar

Teammates from 2003-2005

Starting Second Baseman – Todd Walker

Teammates in 2003

Starting Shortstop – Orlando Cabrera

Teammates in 2004

Starting Third Baseman – Mike Lowell

Teammates from 2006-2010

Starting Left Fielder – Manny Ramirez

Teammates from 2001-2008

Starting Center Fielder – Johnny Damon

Teammates from 2002-2005

Starting Right Fielder – Troy O’Leary

Teammates from 1995-2001

Starting Designated Hitter – David Ortiz

Teammates from 2003-2011

Starting Rotation

Pedro Martinez

Teammates from 1998-2004

Josh Beckett

Teammates from 2006-2011

Bret Saberhagen

Teammates from 1997-2001

Derek Lowe

Teammates from 1997-2004

Erik Hanson

Teammates in 1995


Keith Foulke

Teammates from 2004-2006

Tom Gordon

Teammates from 1996-1999

Hideki Okajima

Teammates from 2007-2011

Mike Timlin

Teammates from 2003-2008

Dennis Eckersley

Teammates in 1998

The Bench

Reserve Infielder – Bill Mueller

Teammates from 2003-2005

Reserve Infielder – Mark Bellhorn

Teammates from 2004-2005

Reserve Outfielder – Dave Roberts

Teammates in 2004

Reserve Outfielder – J. D. Drew

Teammates from 2007-2011

Reserve Catcher – Jason Varitek

Teammates from 1997-2011

25th Man – Adrian Gonzalez

Teammates in 2011

That’s quite a collection.
And of course I skewed it towards players who played on winning Red Sox teams. I know Dave Roberts was only there for a few months, but would you rather see him or Carl Everett?

And I was hesitant to put Varitek on the roster at all! But notice he isn’t starting. That’s Mirabelli’s spot.

And yes I know Gonzalez is a better player than Kevin Millar, but these rosters are emotional and I’m putting the World Champion in the starting line up.

So Wakefield, who stretched through the Duquette and Theo years, over Kennedy, Williams, Kerrigan, Little and Francona and played for 9 different Red Sox playoff teams, will not continue onto the Bobby Valentine era.

But if the likes of Jose Iglesias or Ryan Lavarnway ever play for a World Series winner with the Red Sox, they can be connected to the 1986 team by 2 degrees.

It’s been fun Tim Wakefield.
You are a champion and you will be missed.

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