The playoff disaster that was Alex Rodriguez may have been brought out by an injury to his left hip. Rodriguez tore the labrum in his left hip this season and must now undergo surgery to repair it. The recovery timetable is three to six weeks, and the Yankees are hopeful that he’ll be ready to play in June.
The team has very little minor league depth at third base, and there are strong indications that the team is targeting shortstop Stephen Drew as a replacement. The 29 year old has never played third base, and last season he hit just .223/.309/.348 in his injury shortened season. Drew has been a much better offensive player over his career though, and he’s likely looking for a one year deal to showcase his talent for a longer contract in the 2013/2014 offseason.
This news may spark the beginning of Rodriguez to the DH position, and if so, the team could use a new third baseman altogether. The Padres has a surplus at the position, and I wouldn’t be surprised to hear rumors on Chase Headley, who can fake the corner outfield, or Jedd Gyorko, who has experience at second base. This certainly makes the offseason more complicated for Cashman, but with the way Rodriguez has played of late, the team is really only losing a couple wins above replacement.