NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Alex Rodriguez will start the season in what’s become a familiar place: the disabled list.
The New York Yankees said Monday the third baseman will have surgery on his left hip, an injury that could sideline him until the All-Star break.
“It’s a significant blow,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “But we’ve dealt with significant blows and, hopefully, we’ll be able to deal with this one, as well.”
A 14-time All-Star and baseball’s priciest player at$275 million, Rodriguez has a torn labrum, bone impingement and a cyst. He will need four to six weeks of physical therapy to strengthen the hip before surgery, and the team anticipates he will be sidelined four to six months after the operation.
This will be Rodriguez’s sixth trip to the disabled list in six seasons. A-Rod had right hip surgery March 9, 2009, and returned that May 8.
“It is a more complicated surgery with a longer recovery time because there is a little bit more that needs to be done,” Cashman said, citing the bone impingement. “I don’t think it’s age related. But at the same time, the older you are, the slower you’re going to recover, regardless. But the bottom line and the message I’ve been receiving is that this is a solvable issue.”
Rodriguez was benched in three of nine postseason games and pinch hit for in three others. He batted .120 (3-for-25) with no RBIs in the playoffs, including 0-for-18 with 12 strikeouts against right-handed pitchers.
Source: Napoli, Boston strike $39M, 3-year deal: A person familiar with the negotiations says catcher Mike Napoli and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a $39 million, three-year contract.
The deal is subject to Napoli passing a physical, which will take place later this week, the person said Monday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet final.
A 31-year-old who also plays first base, Napoli hit .320 with 30 homers and 75 RBIs as the Texas Rangers won their second straight AL pennant in 2011, then slumped to a .227 average with 24 homers and 56 RBIs this year.
Source: Loney to join Tampa Bay: A person familiar with the negotiations said first baseman James Loney and the Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a$2 million, one-year contract.
The agreement is pending a physical, the person said Monday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been announced. Loney can make an additional $1 million in performance bonuses.
The 28-year-old, dealt to Boston in July as part of the trade that brought Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett to Los Angeles, hit .249 last season with six homers and 41 RBIs. He had 90 RBIs in each of the 2008 and 2009 seasons but his production has steadily declined.
Pagan reaches four-year deal: San Francisco and free-agent center fielder Angel Pagan agreed to a four-year contract Monday.
Bobby Evans, the team’s vice president of baseball operations, said the deal with Pagan was “very close” and the leadoff hitter would be subject to a physical to finalize his return to the reigning World Series champions.
The 31-year-old Pagan batted .288 with eight home runs, 56 RBIs and a San Francisco-best 15 triples in his first season with the Giants.
TEXAS reaches deals with soria, soto: The Texas Rangers agreed to a two-year contract with free-agent reliever Joakim Soria and reached a deal to keep catcher Geovany Soto.
Soria, a two-time All-Star with Kansas City, is recovering from elbow ligament-replacement surgery on April 3. The 28-year-old right-hander also had the ligament replaced in 2003.
His agreement was revealed Monday by a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity because it had not been announced. The person said the contract includes an option for 2015.
Soria’s agent, Oscar Suarez, would say only, “We’re very close to a deal with the Texas Rangers.”
Catcher Geovany Soto is staying with the Texas Rangers, agreeing Monday to a $2.75 million, one-year contract.
Soto, who turns 30 next month, hit .196 with five homers and 25 RBIs in 47 games last season as the backup for Mike Napoli, who agreed to a $39 million, three-year deal with Boston.
Hall of Fame
Ruppert, O’Day, White elected: Former New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, longtime umpire Hank O’Day and barehanded catcher Deacon White were elected to the Hall of Fame on Monday for their excellence through the first half of the 20th century.
The trio was picked by the Hall’s pre-integration panel — part of what once was known as the Veterans Committee — and gave the shrine exactly 300 members.
Induction ceremonies will be July 28 in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Pitchers might try safety hat liners: Big league pitchers could experiment with protective hat liners next season, hoping they can absorb the shock of batted balls such as the ones that struck Brandon McCarthy and Doug Fister in the head.
Major League Baseball medical director Dr. Gary Green presented ideas to executives, physicians and trainers at the winter meetings this week. Among the prototypes being studied is headgear made of Kevlar.