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No one wants to see Alex Rodriguez back, but it is probably going to happen.
Regardless of who the better option is—it's Headley—the Yankees will have no need to retain Headley's services with the disgraced slugger back on the field.
While the contract the former Padre will command in free agency will be nowhere near what it could have been a few years ago, it will still be too much for the Yankees to sensibly make a run at him.
Despite declining offensive offensive numbers since his breakout 2012 campaign, Headley will still likely get a multiyear deal that will pay him an average annual salary between $8-10 million.
While Headley has not had much of an impact on the offense—he has just 11 RBI as a Yankee—the team will surely miss his defense. Rodriguez certainly won't be providing the same range as Headley following a year away from the game and two hip surgeries.
Fair or not, with the money A-Rod is making, the Yankees are going to play him. That, along with the fact that the the versatile Martin Prado is under contract, means there is no room for Headley.
All stats were obtained via Baseball-Reference.com and are accurate as of the end of play on September 2, 2014.
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