Updated: Alex Rodriguez announced Saturday that he still plans to fight his reduced 162-game suspension in federal court.
A-Rod was hoping more around a max of 100 game total for his suspension, so he could have a chance to play this season as he will turn 39-years old around the All-Star Break. While A-Rod goes through the appeal process, the Yankees will have to plan on a season without him and with their current roster they could may do a time share at third base with Kelly Johnson and Eduardo Nunez and have Brendan Ryan play second base, which does not bode well as you could probably combine all three players and they would unlikely produce the numbers that Rodriguez would reach, even at his age. (There are some rumors swirling around that the Yankees may be interested in signing Michael Young to man the hot corner in the Bronx this coming season).ANALYST: Michael Pichan
With a couple of mediocre starts this spring, major league scouts are showing concern regarding Masahiro Tanaka's velocity.
Well that's certainly turned over the last few weeks. When spring training began, there was all sorts of talk to how great Tanaka looked, but now that he's been hit around a little, most recently by the Twins, people are showing some concern. On scout did concede that it was the spring and he was willing to give Tanaka the benefit of the doubt based on last year's performance, but the growing concern is legitimate. Tanaka opted for rest and rehab for his partially-torn UCL this offseason rather than the Tommmy John surgery he likely needs. We've warned you off him these past few months, and now we're starting to hear more joining our crusade. Leave him be for your fellow owners. Maybe he starts the season strong, but how long is he going to hold up? The outlook doesn't seem good. Analysis: Howard Bender