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Winter Meetings: Day One

The winter meetings begin today. Be sure to check out MLB Trade Rumors and NBC’s Hardball Talk for all of the latest.

Meanwhile, things start on an ominous–though not surprising–note for Alex Rodriguez and the Yanks. He’s going to need surgery.

And according to this, he was hurting mightily during the playoffs.

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1 novayankeefan   ~  Dec 3, 2012 10:09 am

A-Rod to need a second surgery on his hip! Out for the start of the season! Well I guess Cashman now needs to get some infield help, to go along with right field, catcher, et.al.!

2 randym77   ~  Dec 3, 2012 10:47 am

It's his other hip. Not the one that was repaired before.

Uh, boy. This doesn't sound good.

Bowden thinks this means the Yanks will go after Stephen Drew.

3 Alex Belth   ~  Dec 3, 2012 10:52 am

The reports have the recovery time anywhere from 3-6 months. We're talking June.

4 randym77   ~  Dec 3, 2012 11:23 am

It's not so much the time he'll be gone that I'm concerned about. It's what kind of player he'll be when he returns. He hasn't been the same since the first hip injury. Another one, on the other hip, doesn't bode well. And there's five more years on his contract.

5 Alex Belth   ~  Dec 3, 2012 11:34 am

Meanwhile, Napoli signs with the Sox (3/39). Between Napoli and Gomes they just got a lot more scruffy.

6 randym77   ~  Dec 3, 2012 11:37 am

What are the Yankees going to do about a catcher?

7 Dillon   ~  Dec 3, 2012 11:37 am

These kind of injuries always beg the same type of question. And the question has two answers: one pessimistic one optimistic. Pes: this injury spells certain doom for A-Rod's eventual return to productivity. Opt: this injury was the causal factor of A-Rod's flailing playoff swings and once properly healed he begins to resemble previous form, accounting of course, for another year of age.

Hope for the latter, sign Stephen Drew anyway.

8 The Mick536   ~  Dec 3, 2012 1:31 pm

I feel for him like you cannot imagine. Noted very early on that one doesn't come back from hip problems. Suffered terribly for years. Two hip replacements. Used to play tennis, avidly. Now won't pick up a racket for fear of reinjuring. No drug can help. Just numbs you out and makes you feel worthless. Pain when you sleep. Pain when you dress. Pain in the bathroom, shower, everywhere. How he even went on the field amazes me. But, as was stated in one of the quoted articles, why deprive him of some kudos for trying to play in pain? If he is smart, he quits, rather than chancing being unable to walk. I cannot see him coming back, but then again I haven't seen his x-rays or spoken with his doctor.

9 Alex Belth   ~  Dec 3, 2012 1:56 pm

He's less than 200 hits away from 3,000. I doubt he'll walk away, even if it is the smart thing to do. It's funny, 8), you having sympathy with him. Most of the reaction I've heard is that Rodriguez is getting his payback for using PEDS and that this serves him right.

10 Alex Belth   ~  Dec 3, 2012 2:19 pm


And Cashman is due to talk about it at 2:30...

11 BobbyB   ~  Dec 3, 2012 2:32 pm

Remember Bo Jackson? I hope he is medically unable to play and retires at this point and I think that Nunez should move to short and Jeter to third despite the shortcomings that Nunez has as a fielder. The kid can hit and there is no where else to put him. Plus he's cheap. Every other guy they mention is gong to be costly. Kepplinger-recovering from and injury, Scutero? too much money.Sephen Drew-another injured player. Painted into a corner(pun) here.

12 rbj   ~  Dec 3, 2012 2:44 pm

Interesting. For my hip impingements, what actually solved the pain was simply PT.

14 Greg G   ~  Dec 3, 2012 3:30 pm

Never been a big fan of Arod's, but I have always respected how hard he works to get ready. The problem I had was the idiotic things he says, and he strikes me as someone whose insecurities have made him meglomaniacal. I never hated the guy, but I always found it difficult to embrace him.

That being said, I would never wish a career ending injury on anyone. It is sad. The HGH and steroids may have been a factor, but I wouldn't wish harm on Canseco either, and he is one of the biggest knuckleheaded tools around.

On a side note: I wish for the Yanks sake that they could have kept this under wraps a little while longer, until they found a suitable replacement, or the best they could get to make up for a left side devoid of ARod and perhaps a diminished Jeter. They will likely get fleeced now in a trade or overpay for someone like Scutaro.

15 Alex Belth   ~  Dec 3, 2012 3:40 pm

14) But Marco's got "intangibles"!

16 Greg G   ~  Dec 3, 2012 3:53 pm

15) I like his name. I am pretty sure that he is the only Marco Scutaro in MLB?

Are teams under any obligation to report on their player's health in the offseason? If he were part of a trade, I can see it, or about to go to arbitration.

17 randym77   ~  Dec 3, 2012 4:37 pm

[11] If it comes to that, I'd rather put Nunez at 3B. Assuming Jeter doesn't fall off a cliff defensively. Nunez is bad at SS. Let Jeter stay at the position he's used to. Why not?

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