Yankees really want A-Rod back?

Yankees really want A-Rod back?
October 15, 2013, 11:00 pm

Meanwhile, back with the Yankees …

As Alex Rodriguez works on trying to get Major League Baseball not to suspend him for 211 games for using performance-enhancing drugs, the club is waiting with bated breath. Most of us probably figure the Yankees want A-Rod to lose his appeal, putting the whole Rodriguez drama behind them.

And just as importantly, putting his $25 million salary behind them, too. The Yankees don’t want to go over MLB’s $189 million payroll limit and again be subject to the luxury tax.

However, general manager Brian Cashman is viewing the loss of Rodriguez differently: What about that hole at third base? The plan to fill it with Kevin Youkilis sure didn’t work out this year, and Cashman is not too jacked about the idea of needing to get another piece to plug into the infield. So, on the subject of wanting to see A-Rod suspended, Cashman recently told ESPN Radio:

“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. “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.”

They want him back. Whodathunkit?