Cashman: there’s a chance A-Rod misses the whole year


Brian Cashman was on WFAN today and, when asked about Alex Rodriguez’s prognosis, acknowledged there is a chance he could miss the whole season:

“Yeah,” Cashman replied when asked if there was a chance that A-Rod could miss the entire season. “I think because (of) the serious nature of the surgery and the condition that he’s trying to recover from, you know, there is that chance.”

With any injury there is a possibility that setbacks can occur, and A-Rod’s injury and surgery were major ones. Cashman, for his part, preemptively notes that if his recovery takes longer than expected, it won’t be because Rodriguez isn’t trying his hardest to come back.

Still, can’t wait until the All-Star break comes around, Rodriguez is delayed in his return by a couple of weeks and the usual suspects in the New York press get their knives out for the guy. When that happens we’ll have a pool to guess which scribe cites Derek Jeter coming back on schedule from his broken leg as evidence that A-Rod simply isn’t a leader and a winner and all of that jazz.

Red Sox sign Christian Vazquez to three-year, $13.55 million extension

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The Red Sox signed catcher Christian Vazquez to a three-year, $13.55 million extension, per a team announcement on Saturday. The agreement will keep Vazquez under contract through the 2021 season and covers two years of arbitration eligibility and the catcher’s first year of free agency. It comes with a $7 million club option (and $250,000 buyout) for 2022 that could get bumped up to $8 million if he reaches 502 plate appearances in both 2020 and 2021. Vazquez has also volunteered to make an annual donation to the Red Sox Foundation as part of his new arrangement with the club.

The 27-year-old backstop is entering his fourth year with the Red Sox in 2018. He’s been a steady defender behind the dish over the last three years and was ranked fifth-best in defense among all American League catchers at the end of the 2017 season. He also enjoyed a breakout performance at the plate, slashing a career-best .290/.330/.404 with five home runs and a .735 OPS in 345 plate appearances.

Come Opening Day, Vazquez is expected to be the Red Sox’ primary option behind the plate, with veteran Sandy Leon and Blake Swihart poised to start in backup roles. Swihart is out of options, but has been groomed for a utility role this spring and could take a few reps in the left field and the infield corners if need be, as it doesn’t appear the club is prepared to trade him just yet.