Alex Rodriguez is having a nice month of May. Though the 36-year-old slugger has just three home runs since May first, he has raised his batting average by 43 points and his OPS by another 63 points over the last month. Coming off the worst season of his career, A-Rod is off to a pretty nice start for the Yankees, hitting .287 on the season with a .372 OBP and .431 SLG. More importantly, he’s played in 48 of the Yankees 49 games after missing 63 games in 2011. Fangraphs even places Rodriguez second on the Yankees in WAR, ahead of such players as Curtis Granderson and Derek Jeter.
Yet two months into the season a trend is developing in Rodriguez’s stat line that suggests the Yankees may need to start thinking long term about a replacement for Rodriguez at the hot corner. In 14 games as a designated hitter, Rodriguez is hitting .327 with an .850 OPS. In 33 games as a third baseman, Rodriguez is hitting just .272 with a .788 OPS.… Click here to read the rest