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Yankees Won't Trade for A-Rod Replacement

According to original projections, Alex Rodriguez's Monday hip surgery will only sideline him 6-10 weeks. That's a period that will cost him the first month of the season, but could see him on the field at the new Yankee Stadium by May. Now, according to general manager Brian Cashman, and via one of our favorite sources, former Postie turned New Star-Ledger Yankees beat writer Marc Carig, we know that we won't see a trade for Mark Teahen, Garrett Atkins or the like to keep A-Rod's seat warm.

"With the team not wanting add payroll, not wanting to hurt the farm system and stuff like that, and we're going to get Alex back, we're going to go with what we have in camp," Cashman said.

There you go. That's about as definitive to "we're not going to trade away any of our prospects for a quick fix" as you're ever going to get. The question now is who fills the gap for the first month of the new season.

By all accounts, the guy to fill that role is 33-year-old utility infielder Cody Ransom, the Grand Canyon University alum (we're going to keep pumping that info nugget because, quite frankly, he's the only graduate of Grand Canyon University we've ever heard of) has the unlucky distinction of already being connected with pictures of bad infield bounces, as you can see from the Star-Ledger link above. Yes, there are other fixes the Yankees could try, but unless he blows the chance irreconcilably, Ransom is about to get a 10+ week window to prove to other major league teams that he's worthy of a bigger professional role.

By Cameron Smith  |  March 10, 2009; 9:50 PM ET
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The Yankees aren't looking to add payroll until they lose 2 in a row.

Then all bets are off.

Posted by: adampschroeder | March 10, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

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