With it being the first day of the Winter Meetings, Yankees fans got some bad news today as Bronx Bombers third baseman Alex Rodriguez will have to undergo hip surgery in January which will cause him to miss the start of 2013 season. A-Rod could be sidelined until June at the latest which be 3 months before the postseason starts pending if they can keep up with the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East and one of the wildcard spots.
Just before the 2012 playoffs began, A-Rod had injured his hip which he left to use rehab and painkillers avoiding initial surgery to return to the field as soon as he could. Upon his return, Alex played badly as he was the scapegoat for the many struggles of the Yankees last year in a quiet feud with Joe Girardi that he handled well in the public eye and the fractured ankle injury of Derek Jeter becoming the ultimate season killer for the team.
Rodriguez still has 5-years and $113M left on his 10-year/$275M contract signed in 2007 which he has a no trade clause and is not willing to accept a team to no other team. With the careers of Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Hiroki Kuroda coming to an end, right now would be the perfect time for the team to finally go young starting with making building around Eduardo Nunez, Eric Chavez, Curtis Granderson & Robinson Cano.
In his 19 year career at the age of 37, A-Rod’s won 3 MVP awards, 5 HR championships, and even a capturing a World Series in 2009. He’s currently ranked 5th all-time on the MLB all-time HR hitter list at 647 behind the leader Barry Bonds (762) by 115 homers. The injury will definitely hinder him from chasing the record sooner than we would think as Air-Bud Selig will have to wait a few more years to see the record broken, again.