The Yankees thought it was best for Alex Rodriguez to rehab from hip surgery away from the team’s complex in Tampa this spring, but general manager Brian Cashman confirmed this afternoon that he will be with the team on Opening Day on Monday against the Red Sox. Just maybe not in uniform. Or where anybody can see him.
Rodriguez was booed lustily for his poor performance during the postseason and the reception doesn’t figure to be any warmer following his reported ties to PEDs and Biogenesis. While it would be fascinating to watch, it might not be worth the drama to have him out there on what should otherwise be a pretty happy day at the ballpark.
Rodriguez, 37, underwent hip surgery in January and is still aiming to return around midseason. The Yankees owe him $114 million over the next five seasons. He’s making $29 million in 2013, which is more than the entire Astros payroll.
Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets have discussed a trade involving starter Matt Harvey with at least two teams. Apparently, the Mets were even willing to move Harvey for a reliever.
The Mets tendered Harvey a contract on December 1. He’s entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility and will likely see a slight bump from last season’s salary of $5.125 million. As a result, there was some thought going into late November that the Mets would non-tender Harvey.
Harvey, 28, made 18 starts and one relief appearance last year and had horrendous results. He put up a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92 2/3 innings. Between his performance, his impending free agency, and his injury history, the Mets aren’t likely to get much back in return for Harvey. Even expecting a reliever in return may be too lofty.
Along with bullpen help, the Mets also need help at second base, first base, and the outfield. They don’t have many resources with which to address those needs. Ackert described the Mets’ resources as “a very limited stash of prospects” and “limited payroll space.”