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A-Rod: How scared is too scared?

Posted on: March 6, 2009 2:32 am
Edited on: March 6, 2009 2:37 am
 

Don't know what to think of this Alex Rodriguez, torn labrum, possible surgery and four-month rehabilitation hoopla? Join the club.

He says he'll try to play through it, but that approach has its drawbacks, most notably the "try" and the "through."

I have him in a keeper league. I have him in several leagues actually, so my heart aches today. But in this keeper league, I also have Chase Utley, coming off his own hip surgery that could still end up sidelining him for the beginning of the season. I could deal with his risk on its own, but can I really afford to keep both him and A-Rod? Can you afford to take them with your first two picks?

I'd like to hear more. I'd like some kind of assurance he'll last through the season, but I doubt I'll get it. The information I have today likely won't change by the time I have to make my decision.

So how far should he fall? The second round? Further, even? The Yankees might coddle him, sitting him twice a week, or his season could end the moment he starts feeling pain. Shoot, he could change his mind three weeks from now and decide he doesn't want to take the chance -- as in that's it, season over, hope you haven't drafted yet.

I almost want to tell you to wait until the second round to draft A-Rod. At least then, you know you'll have another surefire stud to fall back on. If you bank on A-Rod as your best player, you could have big-time problems -- ones you can reasonably predict today. Does the potential reward of getting him two or three picks later than you should outweigh the risk of getting nothing or half a season of nothing?

I think at the very least, you have to wait until late in the first round to take him, when the distinction between your best and second-best player becomes less apparent. Quite honestly, though, I dread the day when he falls to me with the ninth overall pick. I doubt I could turn him down, but having him would make for one anxious season.

Doesn't sound like much fun to me.

Category: MLB
Comments

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2009 5:06 pm
 

A-Rod: How scared is too scared?

 


LOL. He did fall, and your stomach is doomed.

With the #10 pick in a draft tomorrow night, I doubt A-Rod will last that long. Someone will find it impossible to let him fall to the 2nd Round. But the big difference between him and Utley, as far as hip issues go, is that Utley's has already been dealt with and the prognosis is good. With A-Rod, the prognosis that he'll even be playing in May is a giant question mark.

I'll use me early round picks for studs who don't cause my stomach to turn in knots every time they pivot.

 


 




Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2009 1:04 am
 

A-Rod: How scared is too scared?

Keep Utley and let ARod go.  Utley will be ready to go by the second week of the season at the latest.  Not only does he appear to be completely healed, he is a throwback player - as tough a player as there is in the game today.   He came back remarkably fast from the broken hand a couple of years ago.  I know that Kinsler and Pedroia closed the gap a little on him last year when he was battling the hip injury, but they just aren't in his class when fully healthy. 

As tempting as it would be to take Arod in the second round, I'd let someone else grab him.  I think he's proven to have a fairly fragile ego for a player with his ability.  Disregarding the injury for a moment, ARod is also going to have to deal with all of the steroid fallout this season.  Is he the type of player who can block all of that out while being hampered by the injury?  There is going to be a day when he is hurting badly, everyone is booing, and he is going to wonder if it might not be a good idea to shut it down for the season.  I don't know that I want to gamble my second pick on his decision.

That said, if Arod is still there in the third or fourth round, I'd have a hard time keeping him out of my queue. 




Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2009 11:28 am
 

A-Rod: How scared is too scared?

With the #10 pick in a draft tomorrow night, I doubt A-Rod will last that long. Someone will find it impossible to let him fall to the 2nd Round. But the big difference between him and Utley, as far as hip issues go, is that Utley's has already been dealt with and the prognosis is good. With A-Rod, the prognosis that he'll even be playing in May is a giant question mark.

I'll use me early round picks for studs who don't cause my stomach to turn in knots every time they pivot.

 

 




Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2009 5:34 pm
 

A-Rod: How scared is too scared?

You really should keep A-Rod. There is absolutely no chance that his attempts to play through the pain result in a lost season. This whole debacle will end well for you.

 

You should not, however, keep Utley. Research indicates that the letters of his last name, when rearranged, spell "Lutey." The lute produces a delicate sound. Utley will be delicate and will in all likelihood not contribute to your team's success.




Since: Sep 4, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2009 4:38 pm
 

A-Rod: How scared is too scared?

Leave A- Roid for someone else too worry about , you can`t take someone with his risk in the early rounds . That would be crazy !




Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2009 10:52 am
 

A-Rod: How scared is too scared?

I think i would keep Utley.  You can get by til may with a backup 2B but let someone else get A-roid.  He is not Pujols. No heart. he will not make it thru the season and you will eat it in the playoffs.  Unfotunately the rest of the league will probably keep david Wright and the other elite 3B leaving you with a questionable position.  good luck with that one.



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