During Brian Cashman's wide-ranging interview on the Ian O'Connor Show Sunday morning on ESPN Radio, he was asked if he wanted Alex Rodriguez on the field next season and if A-Rod were the team's best available option at third base.
"There are a lot of layers to that question," Cashman said. "It comes down to, 'Would we want the player we signed to be playing that position without any problems?' Absolutely. No question about it. If people think there is some sort of benefit by losing that talent ... You can't replace it. It is not like, Alex is gone and he winds up getting suspended and it is upheld, how do you replace that, it is not easy. It is not like we will take that money and go in this direction. You saw this year -- our fan base saw -- when we lost significant players at various positions, it was not easy to plug holes. The talent just doesn't exist. It is not like going down to a Home Depot and pulling something out that you need that broke that you have to fix it. Ultimately, from a baseball operations standpoint, taking out all the areas of controversy, having Alex Rodriguez man third base is obviously, by far the best option for the Yankees than what the alternatives would be, in theory. We'll have to wait and see if we have to look for alternatives or not."
Rodriguez's appeal of his 211-game suspension resumes this Wednesday in Manhattan. If it concludes this week, the Yankees should know before Thanksgiving if they will need to shop around for A-Rod's replacement in 2013.