Reports surfaced Monday that New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is likely to miss at least half of the 2013 season because of hip surgery. But will the 14-time all-star’s absence from the Yankees lineup have an impact on the team’s odds in 2013?
Not likely, according to Mike Perry, oddsmaker for Sportsbook.ag.
“He will have no impact on the team’s World Series futures or season win totals,” says Perry.
Rodriguez will be 38 next season and there’s no question his numbers are on the decline. He found himself on the pine after going 0-for-18 during the playoffs with 12 strikeouts. He batted .272 with 18 home runs and 57 RBIs in 122 regular season games last season.
“He would have been worth a win or two on the MLB season win futures two years ago,” says Perry. “Five years ago, he would have been worth four or five wins.”
Rodriguez is owed $114 million on his current contract through 2017, excluding potential milestone home run bonuses.