It was just announced that after an appeal, Alex Rodriguez has been suspended for 162 games – a decision Rodriguez has vowed to take to Federal court in a lawsuit.
The decision is a favorable one for the Yankees, who now have close to $30 million more dollars to play with. It will likely give them more wiggle room to be able to afford Masahiro Tanaka, but it also may have an impact on the Mets.
As it pertains to the Mets, the Rodriguez suspension could potentially trickle down to free agent shortstop Stephen Drew‘s market.
A few weeks ago, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman stated that the club would not be signing Drew. Those remarks were made before the Yankees knew Rodriguez wouldn’t be in their third base plans. The Yankees have Mark Teixeira at first base, Brian Roberts at second base, and Derek Jeter at shortstop, so Drew would have to learn third base if he were to be signed by the Yankees.
Drew has only ever played shortstop at the major league level, so it’s fair to wonder if he’d be open to learning a new position. It’s also unknown if the Yankees will reverse course and pursue him. Additionally, in the event Drew becomes open to changing positions in an effort to land a bigger payday, he would have more value as a second baseman – not a third baseman.
Before the Rodriguez news came down, it was being reported that the Yankees were considering both Mark Reynolds and Michael Young as potential third base alternatives in the event Rodriguez was suspended.
It’s not clear if the Rodriguez suspension will lead to the Yankees poking around on Drew, but it’s something to keep an eye on.