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.

ARE THE YANKEES BETTER WITH ALEX RODRIGUEZ IN THE LINEUP EVERY DAY?

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.

IS ALEX RODRIGUEZ GOING TO PLAY 150 GAMES AT THIRD BASE?

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.
IS ALEX RODRIGUEZ’S HEALTH GOING TO IMPROVE IN 2012?

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.

WOULD PLAYING AT THIRD BASE BE RISKIER HEALTHWISE THAN BEING THE DESIGNATED HITTER?

What do you think?

IS THERE A LONG TERM BENEFIT TO A-ROD BEING THE DH?

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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We haven’t seen a day like today since October 15, 2001

OK, who is playing in the NLCS.
We have no clue at this point.

It could be Brewers vs. Phillies.
It could be Diamondbacks vs. Phillies.
It could be Brewers vs. Cardinals.
It could be Diamondbacks vs. Cardinals.

And we will find out by the end of tonight. For the first time since October 15, 2001, both Division Series of a league are going the full 5 games.

For the first time in 10 years the right to go the LCS is basically a one game affair.

In 2001, like this year, there were actually 3 game 5’s.

The Diamondbacks and Cardinals played a thriller that ended with Tony Womack’s walk off hit in the bottom of the 9th, making Curt Schilling a complete game winner.

The Mariners, who won 116 games that year, forced a fifth game after coming from behind and winning the 4th game in Cleveland. Jamie Moyer out pitched Chuck Finley to give the Mariners the 3-1 win.

In New York, just 2 days after Jeter’s flip to Posada, the Yankees looked to come all the way back from the 0-2 hole. They fell behind in the game 2-0 but an error by Eric Chavez put the Yankees up for good in the third. They would hold on to the 5-3 win.

Who will be the heroes tonight?
What will the match up be?

One team playing tonight will have home field advantage in the World Series eventually.
Two teams will become obscure playoff participants.

We’ve been waiting 10 years for a night like this.

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Eric Chavez and Ronnie Belliard join the 2005 Yankees

OK, now I think Brian Cashman is f—ing with us.
Either that or he has read my posts where I keep picking on him for signing broken down players who were awesome in 2005.
And just when I think I am done beating that dead horse, I wake up to see the Yankees have signed Eric Chavez and Ronnie Belliard.
Yup, Chavez who was a 27 home run hitter and a Gold Glove winning third baseman in 2005, and Belliard who was an All Star in 2004 and a solid member of the 2005 Indians, have joined the other formerly awesome players from 6 years ago on the Yankees.
Freddy Garcia, Mark Prior, Andruw Jones and 2005 Cy Young winner Bartolo Colon are all going to break camp along with Eric Chavez.
And like all of them, Chavez has broken down. He played 160 games in 2005. Since 2007, he has played 154 games… total.
In 2009 he batted .262.
Let me be clear about something… that was his OPS!
His batting average was .100.
If you are looking for power from Chavez, he has hit 3 homers since 2008.
Belliard has at least been a serviceable backup, although his day of being a starter have long been in his rear view mirror.
If they just want players from 2005, why not just bring back Tino Martinez and Bernie Williams?
Hey, Richie Sexson can always come back?
Why not?

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