The Benefits of Playing With a Lead

July 26, 2012 12:00 AM

The Benefits of Playing With a Lead

" Even though he isn't the player he once was, there aren't a lot of teams that could shrug their shoulders at the prospect of losing Alex Rodriguez for much of the rest of the regular season.

For all the hand-wringing about his downturn in productivity at the plate, A-Rod still has an 806 OPS this season. That's 29th best among all players in the American League and third among third basemen, so, again, it's not like you've just lost a utility infielder who can be easily replicated by someone toiling at Triple-A.

The Yankees aren't letting anyone see them sweat, though. They are surely sniffing around for trades and positioning themselves to grab a player who falls into a reasonable price range, but they aren't going to run out and make a deal that fundamentally changes the look of the roster even though they could probably afford it.

Such is the joy of having an eight-game lead in the AL East with August just around the corner "

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