With the news of A-Rod's torn hip labrum, many people are calling into the question what should happen next. The Yankees want to move forward by having A-Rod rest and rehab and the hopefully last with the injury until next off season. By the sounds of things, they knew he had the hip problem since last season, but did not think it was a problem. Now they have to be kicking themselves since had they pressed it then, he could have had the surgery last October, and been ready to go now. What's done is done, the question is how do you think the Yankees should proceed. On the one hand, if the Yankees follow through on Cashman's plan, A-Rod will play and probably do well for the first month or so, but the condition will only worsen as the months progress, and they may end up needing to have him get the surgery in July or August. The other solution is that they have him get the surgery now, he misses the rest of spring training and is back ready to play by May/June.
Personally, I think they should have him get the surgery now. He'll be back in the lineup early in a few months, and I'd rather be getting reinforcements mid-season, than losing them. As some have mentioned, if he goes down in July, the Yankees will get bled for any trade they make. The question is how you fill up third base in the mean time since no one on the team has much experience. Do you make a trade to fill a position for a couple months, and then bench the guy you traded for? Personally, I'd be playing as many players at third base as possible to see who could do it. Cody Ransom, Nick Swisher, Shelley Duncan and Angel Berroa should all be taking grounders there. Who knows, maybe one of them is a natural. If not, you may need to make a trade, but if one of those guys is at least passable at third (and I suspect several of them would be), then have them fill the spot in the meantime. Our lineup without A-Rod is still pretty good, and for the first couple months of the season, should be fine.
Some fans may want A-Rod to play now and then miss the later part of the season since we would effectively get him when he's at his best (April) and lose him when he's at his worse (October). Its cruel, but partially true. There really is no right or wrong answer to this I suppose, but what do you think the Yankees should do with A-Rod? Surgery now or later? Do you want A-Rod in April or in October?