In my opinion, Alex Rodriguez has probably played his last major league game. When his suspension is up at the end of the 2014 season, I expect the New York Yankees to release him unconditionally and pay him the remaining $61 million of his contract. I also don’t think there is an owner or GM in baseball who will sign him -- even for the league minimum.
While the Yankees have saved A-Rod's $25 million salary for 2014, they now have a glaring void at third base they need to fill. There are many that are expecting them to spend some of that money on the hot corner, I get the sense they’d prefer to spend the money on Masahiro Tanaka and/or bullpen help while staying below the $189 million luxury tax threshold. Therefore, a stop-gap approach to begin the 2014 season is the most likely direction that GM Brian Cashman will be going with the goal of solving it long term by next offseason.
With that in mind, I thought it would be a good idea to run down all of the Yankees' options at third base, both for 2014 and beyond.
1. Call on the Captain
The Yankees say they are comfortable with some type of platoon with players such as Kelly Johnson, Scott Sizemore, Eduardo Nunez, Dean Anna, Yangervis Solarte and Corban Joseph. Obviously, none of those guys are long-term solutions, and some will wonder if they are even viable short-term solutions.
If I'm Cashman, I would have a conversation with Derek Jeter to see if he would be willing to move over to third base.