Alex Rodriguez moved his rehab from New York to the Yankees’ spring training complex in Tampa, Florida last month and has slowly been introducing different baseball-related activities into his workout plan. Saturday saw probably the biggest step yet.
According to Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, A-Rod ran the bases “at 75-percent effort” for the first time since undergoing surgery on his hip in mid-January. Rodriguez, who has been taking regular batting practice for the past few weeks, reported no physical issues during or after the base-running.
If everything continues to go according to plan and the Biogenesis stuff doesn’t result in a suspension, the veteran third baseman should be back on the Yankees’ active roster shortly after the All-Star break (with Derek Jeter soon to follow). Yankees third basemen have hit .252/.301/.346 this season. A-Rod, who is obviously on a steep career decline, still managed a decent .272/.353/.430 batting line in 2012.
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.”