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Yankees | Alex Rodriguez working at 1B

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:06:34 -0800

New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez was taking fielding practice at first base Friday, Feb. 27, with less than ideal results. Rodriguez is concerned about "embarrassing himself" at a position he said he hasn't played at any level. There was a hesitance to Rodriguez as he learned the position Friday. Right now, the only job available to Rodriguez is a part-time designated hitter role against lefties.

Fantasy Tip: Right now, there are plenty of question marks surrounding A-Rod. Most notably, can he still hit for power at age 39 after missing a full season? That remains to be seen, but his playing time will also be a big factor in how much fantasy value he'll have. If he shows that power remains in the lumber and he can find at-bats at third and first base, he'll be worth a late-round stab in mixed leagues.

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Yankees | Alex Rodriguez could see time at 1B

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:36:11 -0800

New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez could see some time at first base this spring, and manager Joe Girardi plans to discuss it with him when players officially report to camp Wednesday, Feb. 25. "I'll talk to him about taking some grounders over there just to be prepared, if I need to give a guy a day off or however we chose to do it," Girardi said. "But yeah, I'm going to talk to him about it and see how comfortable he is." Rodriguez will likely need plenty of at-bats this spring in order to learn first base and to be ready for opening day.

Fantasy Tip: Because of all the uncertainty surrounding Rodriguez after sitting out all of the 2014 season, he's only a late-round selection, at best, in standard leagues. The biggest uncertainty will be his playing time, but adding first base to his duties will help with that. Monitor him this spring to see how his power stick plays. Rodriguez can still help fantasy owners as corner infield depth.

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Yankees | A-Rod says he'll be fine with no PEDs

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:05:22 -0800

New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez believes he will be fine without performance enhancing drugs, despite his year-long suspension. Rodriguez admitted he is worried about the mental aspects of how he will fare.

Fantasy Tip: The combination of the mental stress and not using PEDs could take its toll on Rodriguez, who is a risky pickup in fantasy leagues because of all the uncertainty. Keep an eye on how he does in spring training, as the media scrutiny will be relentless.

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Yankees | Alex Rodriguez could platoon in DH role

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:05:51 -0800

New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez could be stuck in a platoon at designated hitter this year with OF Garrett Jones facing right-handers and Rodriguez facing lefties. Historically, Rodriguez has been successful against lefties after struggling (.585 OPS in 50 at-bats) against them in 2013. In a best-case scenario, Rodriguez could serve as the backup to 3B Chase Headley, and he might also see some time at first base as a backup for 1B Mark Teixeira.

Fantasy Tip: Rodriguez is a giant question mark entering the 2015 season after sitting out all of last year on a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. At age 39, he's not the same player he was in his prime, obviously, and he'll struggle to catch up to fastballs. However, he could provide some pop at the tail end of mixed league drafts to round out your rosters.

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Yankees | Alex Rodriguez must earn PT

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:38:03 -0800

New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez will have to earn his playing time this year, according to manager Joe Girardi. Rodriguez is coming off a season-long suspension for performance-enhancing drugs in 2014. 3B Chase Headley has already been named the starting third baseman, so Rodriguez will have to find the majority of his at-bats at designated hitter. Girardi is expecting to play Rodriguez a lot this spring, and the team might even send him to the minor league camp to receive more at-bats.

Fantasy Tip: A-Rod will be one of this spring's biggest storylines. Fantasy players could care less, but they do want to know how he'll bounce back from a year off. That's really anyone's guess, but Rodriguez is a professional hitter and should still have some utility left for owners at the end of mixed league drafts.

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Yankees | Alex Rodriguez issues apology

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 10:46:52 -0800

New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez issued a written apology to fans Tuesday, Feb. 17, for his mistakes that led to a suspension for performance-enhancing drug use. "I take full responsibility for the mistakes that led to my suspension for the 2014 season," Rodriguez said in the statement. "I regret that my actions made the situation worse than it needed to be. To Major League Baseball, the Yankees, the Steinbrenner family, the Players Association and you, the fans, I can only say I'm sorry." The Yankees have given no indication that they plan to release Rodriguez.

Fantasy Tip: A-Rod will return in 2015 after missing the entire 2014 season because of his suspension. That'll automatically make most wonder what he has left in the tank, mainly in regards to his power. He also won't be guaranteed a position in the field with Chase Headley at the hot corner. However, he could be a bargain in the late rounds of fantasy drafts for some pop if he stays healthy - he likely is in line for plenty of at-bats as the designated hitter.

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Yankees | Alex Rodriguez could play 1B

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 10:43:01 -0800

New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez could see some time at first base this year. The Yankees will look at him as more than just a designated hitter, while also giving him time at third base.

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Yankees | Alex Rodriguez could be cut?

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:56:23 -0800

New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez is owed $61 million, and his clearest path to playing time is serving as the designated hitter against left-handed pitchers as the result of Yankees 3B Chase Headley re-signing with the club. When asked if there is a chance that Rodriguez could be cut, former Cincinnati Reds general manager and current SiriusXM MLB Network Radio host Jim Bowden stated that the Yankees will do what is best for the team.

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Yankees | Alex Rodriguez apologizes to team

Wed, 11 Feb 2015 09:13:37 -0800

New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez met with the team brass Tuesday, Feb. 10, and apologized to owner Hal Steinbrenner and team executives for his suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. Rodriguez "initiated the meeting and apologized to the organization for his actions over the past several years." The Yanks also made it clear that they plan on fighting his home run bonuses because of the suspension. He can make $30 million if he reaches five separate home run milestones this year.

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Yankees | Yanks plan to meet with A-Rod

Sat, 07 Feb 2015 10:50:42 -0800

Contrary to a previous report, the New York Yankees have said they will meet with 3B Alex Rodriguez prior to spring training in an attempt to clear the air, although a date has not yet been established. "It cannot hurt," general manager Brian Cashman said. It is unknown if owner Hal Steinbrenner or team president Randy Levine would be present, although the club would prefer Rodriguez to handle any apology news conferences prior to camp opening Feb. 20, in order to avoid being a distraction.

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