Posted October 14, 2013

Brian Cashman: Yankees ‘can’t replace’ A-Rod’s talent if he remains suspended

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Alex Rodriguez can't be easily replaced, Yankees GM Brian Cashman says. (Associated Press)

Alex Rodriguez can’t be easily replaced, Yankees GM Brian Cashman says. (Associated Press)

Brian Cashman wants to rebut the conventional wisdom that says the New York Yankees are just fine with Alex Rodriguez’s suspension.

Conspiracy theories swirled this season before Rodriguez returned from injury — that the Yankees were purposefully keeping him out of the lineup to collect insurance money.

But whether suspended or injured, Cashman is making clear that the Yankees “can’t replace” Rodriguez in their lineup, and that he’s indispensable.

“If it comes down to, would we want the player we signed to be playing that position without any problems? Absolutely, no question about that,” Cashman said on ESPN Radio’s “Ian O’Connor Show” Sunday.

“I think if people think there’s some sort of benefit by losing that talent, I mean, you can’t replace it. It’s not like, all right, well, Alex is gone. If he winds up getting suspended and it’s upheld, how do you replace that? It’s not easy.

“It’s not like, all right, we’ll take that money and go in this direction. I think … our fan base saw when we lost significant players at various positions, it was not easy to plug holes because the talent just doesn’t exist.”

Upon his return from injury last season, Rodriguez provided an offensive upgrade at third base for the Yankees. He hit .244 with seven homers, 19 RBI and a .771 OPS in 44 games.

Earlier this month, Rodriguez sued MLB and Commissioner Bud Selig, accusing them of a “witch hunt.” The suit was filed during the first week of hearings in the grievance from the Major League Baseball Players Association to overturn the 211-game suspension MLB imposed on Rodriguez on Aug. 5.


16 comments
MorphySmith
MorphySmith

IF they have to pay him anyway then YES he is indispensible.

otherwise not so much.

RickEger
RickEger

All humped up on roids.....he's a joke.

GodofAcid
GodofAcid

He is indispensable. They would have dispensed of him already if they had a way.

EdEsposito1
EdEsposito1

F The Yankmes.   Don't they have other non-playoff teams to write about?

JoeyRuba
JoeyRuba

@ssman HAS to say he wants A-Roid back. If he admitted he and the entire Steinbrenner clan are praying the suspension is upheld, A-Roid's lawyers would have a field day with that. And he is not at all hard to replace if you really think about it; we are not talking about an in his prime, 3rd baseman. He's an almost 40 year old, with bad hips, who will be DH'ing and/or taking days off to rest—rather then playing much 3rd base.Think about how many holes the Yankees have, how barren the farm system is and tell me they could not use an extra 30 million to fix at least some of that.

bcrd500
bcrd500

It is hopeful that it becomes a mute issue about A-Rod playing next year because he needs to be suspended or even better banned from playing MLB. It was a disgrace that the Yankees did not put him on the bench this season considering his continue use of PEDS. A-Rod needs to be out of baseball forever.

John02169
John02169

While reading what Cashman had to say I kept thinking of the movie Airplane.  There was a scene with Liesle Nielson and as he was explaining something his nose kept growing bigger and bigger.

MavsMan
MavsMan

Cashman, you are a moron!!!!! We, Texas Rangers, thought he was the best too but we sat in LAST PLACE almost every year we had him.  We finally dumped his sorry butt on you and since then we have battles for the WS Twice and competed for the division championship every year.    Don't be so foolish to think he is some sort of GOD and can't be replaced.   You can't be further from the truth.   Get rid of the pest and use the money for a better player and one that is clean!

johngol
johngol

we should be able to replace most of the infield with 20 million dollars

EdwardL
EdwardL

There are plenty of replacement bats out there for you Brian...Jhonny Peralta,  Ryan Braun, Melky Cabrera, Nely Cruz.  Or maybe there are a few kids in the organization that can read between the lines on your stance on PEDs.  Jeter and Mo represent the end of a very important line in the Bronx class.  Yankee lovers and haters alike would have to agree that historically, this was THE team.  Wearing the pinstripes stood for a level of class and expectation not found elsewhere in sports.  Playing A-Roid once his suspension was announced, drove that reputation right into the gutter.  Hope the wins and the additional asterisk laden homers were worth it.  Say it ain't so...

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

Oh my!  He hit .244 with 19 RBIs in 44 games!  Wow!  That is incredibly productive!  Over 150 games that projects out to .244 with 65 RBIs while hitting in the middle of the lineup.  How could a team replace that???

edmund959
edmund959

"I think … our fan base saw when we lost significant players at various positions, it was not easy to plug holes because the talent just doesn’t exist.”

Yeah shmuck, such talent does indeed exist, you can find many such examples in the farm systems of other teams...just not in ours!

John02169
John02169

This is why I am rooting for A-Roid.  The Yanks sure could use that extra money to help beat the Red Sox.  I want the Yanks to have to live with that contract.


hrey27
hrey27

@MavsMan how many WS have the Rangers won since they traded Arod? Zero.  The Yanks have won a WS with Arod.  Secondly, after the Rangers "dumped" Arod, you failed to make the playoffs for another seven years.  Five out of those seven years, you failed to be a .500 team.  It took you eight years to make the playoffs after trading Arod and only after trading for Elvis Andrus, Josh Hamilton, David Murphy and FA signings like Nellie Cruz and Vlad Guerrero.  Oh, by the way, how clean was Nellie Cruz? A guy who in his first three seasons hit a total of 22 homeruns and at age 28 all of a sudden hit 33.  Yeah, find "one that is clean."  Hmmm Hmmm.