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New York Yankees Should Have Mixed Emotions on Alex Rodriguez’s Suspension

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The New York Yankees‘ front office should have mixed emotions in regards to Alex Rodriguez‘s 162-game suspension. On one hand, general manager Brian Cashman and the powers that be in the Bronx are jubilant to be able to get out of the money owed to Rodriguez in 2014. However, the team now needs to fill the void left by the superstar third baseman.

Because of the suspension to Rodriguez, the Yankees now have over $22 million freed up in 2014. This allows the Bombers to shop for more free agents, as well as to be serious contenders in the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes. Freeing up the money owed to A-Rod is something the Yankees’ front office has been trying to accomplish for years. We all know Cashman, president Randy Levine and owner Hal Steinbrenner are all happy about this. Let’s see what they do with the money now that they have it.

The Yankees shouldn’t celebrate too much, though. With A-Rod’s suspension, New York loses a big bat in the middle of the order and a solid glove at third. Despite a decline in Rodriguez’s production in recent years, his mere presence is enough to intimidate opposing pitchers. He totes a career .299 batting average with 654 homers and 1,969 runs batted in; like him or not, pitchers have to respect those numbers.

The team also loses a superstar athlete that puts people in the seats. Attendance was down to just over 43,000 people per game in 2013. This was due mostly to lack of star power on the field for the Yankees. Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson were injured for most of the season, leaving Robinson Cano as the teams’ only star on the field. People pay good money to see A-Rod play. Without him, the Yankees may miss out on some ticket sales. Cashman and the boys surely will not be pleased about this.

As can be seen, there are pros and cons to Alex Rodriguez’s suspension. The Yankees now have a lot of money freed up in 2014. However, the team loses one of the premier talents baseball has ever seen. It is definitely going to be interesting to watch this play out.

Alex Chitty is a New York Yankees writer for Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.