December 3, 2012
With Alex Rodriguez down, Blue Jays' chances in AL East go up
By BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had stepped down from the podium after confirming the news:
Third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who turns 38 next year, will miss four to six months with a torn labrum in his left hip.
So, who are the favourites in the American League East right now Cashman was asked?
“Hopefully, still us,” replied the Yanks GM at the 111th winter meetings at the Opryland Hotel.
Shortstop Derek Jeter, 38, is recovering from a broken left ankle.
Catcher Russell Martin left for greener Pittsburgh Pirates pastures for $17 million.
And the Yanks are trying to stay under the team payroll of $189 million US to avoid paying luxury tax, with almost $170 million already committed to next year.
Rodriguez, who previously had surgery on his right hip, faces a similar operation on his other hip once he re-habs for the surgery, will earn $28 million and is owed $114 million on his contract.
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