Tagged: Mark Grudzielanek

Rodriguez Elects to Have Surgery


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Alex Rodriguez has elected to have a basic hip operation that will only cost him 6-9 weeks, as opposed to the more complex surgery that could have cost him up to four months which he has put off until the offseason. 

Dr. Marc Philippon will be the operating surgeon and says that there is an 85-90 percent chance the surgery will hold for the entire season.  He also said that he thinks it’s more likely he’ll be back in six weeks rather than nine.

The Yankees, who are currently in the second year of a 10-year deal paying him 275+ million dollars, reportedly have an insurance policy in the event of him going to the disabled list.  It is unknown if this is actually true or how much money the Yankees would get back, but it is worth noting.

I think the surgery is the right call.  With at least 247 million dollars yet to be paid to him you have to be cautious.  Getting screwed here is the worst possible thing that could happen.  He absolutely needs to get back to full strength.

Fox Sport’s Ken Rosenthal wrote that he could be starting to age and that this may be the inevitable breakdown all players must one day face.  I wouldn’t go as far as saying that yet but it really makes you wonder how he will come back.

An expensive transaction like trading for Scott Rolen and undertaking his contract would be an utterly irrational move.  He could be back by the end of April and the Yankees can live without him for a month.  If it was half a season then I agree that it would be time to panic, but Cody Ransom can get the job done for a few weeks.  A quick fix like signing Mark Grudzielanek or trading for a Mark Teahan or Bobby Crosby would make sense.  Upon A-Rod’s return it wouldn’t hurt to have an experienced utility man and they’d still get a decent amount of playing time as he gets used to playing everyday again.

The decision allows Rodriguez to nurse himself back to health while at the same time leaving New York contenders in the AL East.  Alex and the Yankees made the right move for both of their short and long term futures.

Who’s Still Left Without A Team?

With Manny Ramirez and Orlando Cabrera officially signed, I take a look at what’s availible in the Unsigned Players Dept.

Top Remaining Free Agents

1.       Ben Sheets

2.       Ivan Rodriguez

3.       Ray Durham

4.       Jim Edmonds

5.       Paul Byrd

6.       Mark Grudzielanek

7.       Joe Beimel

8.       Pedro Martinez

9.       Will Ohman

10.   Kenny Rogers

11.   Moises Alou

12.   Frank Thomas

13.   Emil Brown

14.   Chad Cordero

15.   Curt Schilling

16.   Richie Sexson

17.   Rudy Seanez

18.   Luis Gonzalez

19.   Keith Foulke

20.   Sidney Ponson

21.   Mark Mulder

22.   Julian Tavarez

23.   Damion Easily

24.   Dave Roberts

25.   Ben Brousard

 

Ben Sheets gets the top spot only because of his dominant 2008 season and I don’t think anyone else on this list deserves it.  A torn flexor in his elbow will keep him out of action until at least July.  If he signs on with a team before the June draft then the Brewers will receive a compensation pick so don’t expect any offers until then…Ivan Rodriguez will use the World Baseball Classic to showcase all he has left.  The Mets, Astros and possibly Marlins have shown interest…There are reports that Moises Alou and Kenny Rogers may have unofficially retired…Paul Byrd will take at least early 2008 off to spend time with his family, but could get back into action by the All-Star break…Look for Mark Grudzielanek to get a look at third base in the Bronx should A-Rod need surgery…Pedro Martinez‘ velocity and stamina are both way down and  he’s had trouble finding work for this season.  The Cardinals may bring him on and try him in the closer’s role…Former All-Stars Chad Cordero and Curt Schilling are off injuries costing them both the 2008 seasons but are still trying to find work.