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The Yankees; Brian Cashman in particular, have to ask themselves a gigantic question.
Do they keep Alex Rodriguez on the team for the remaining five years left on the deal?
He's a 37-year-old third baseman in a major decline of his career, and it's only getting worse for both him and the Yankees.
A-Rod will need hip surgery in January and will be out until the middle of the summer; which is why the Yankees went out and lured Kevin Youkilis to the Bronx.
Even with Youkilis, whenever A-Rod returns to the lineup, he'll likely be regulated to full-time DH duties, which I'm sure the Yankees never hoped for in year six of his deal.
$28 million for a guy to be out half the season and then the other half to basically be a part-time player is way too much money, even for the Yankees' standards of spending.
The Yankees could do one of two things with A-Rod.
1. Trade him and hope a team like the Dodgers takes his deal just like they did with Adrian Gonzalez and others in 2012.
2. Release him and eat the remainder of the contract.
Both are very unlikely scenarios right now, but in the future?
That all depends on how tired the Yankees grow of A-Rod's act.