A-Rod Does the Shaky Shaky Hip, Again

Another shaky shaky hip has bitten into A-Rod . . .

Now we know: Alex Rodriguez played the postseason on a bum hip. From the winter meetings comes the word that A-Rod incurred a torn labrum in his left hip somewhere near regular season’s end, perhaps, or possibly very early in the postseason.

He faces a four-to-six-week pre-rehabilitation before undergoing surgery to repair the labrum. He isn’t expected to return to the Yankee lineup until some time in June, if that soon. And, it also turns out that Rodriguez complained about some hip discomfort on the night Raul Ibanez first pinch hit for him and swung his own way into postseason legend and lore.

The Dempster Backstory, and other heads and tales . . .

Turns out the Chicago Cubs got a pair of A-level minor leaguers, Christian Vilanueva (3B) and Kyle Hendricks (RHP), from the Texas Rangers for Ryan Dempster . . . decent prospects but not necessarily blue chips. For the most part, few no-questions-asked blue chip prospects moved in the non-waiver trade period, Jean Segura (SS) possibly having been the bluest of the chips when he went to Milwaukee in the Zack Greinke deal.

How and why did the Rangers—hungering for rotation help with Colby Lewis gone for the year (entering the final fortnight, his was the hole they needed to fill)—end up settling for Dempster when all was said and done? According to Fox’s Ken Rosenthal:

. . . and down the stretch the traders come . . .

Further details to come, but the final hour before the non-waiver trade deadline has been rather brisk:

* The Miami Marlins have sent Gaby Sanchez to the Pittsburgh Pirates for outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and a competitive-balance pick. However, one Fox Sports commentator says the Fish aren’t going to move Josh Johnson (P) . . . yet.

* The Boston Red Sox, needing pitching desperately enough, have picked up lefthanded relief pitcher Craig Breslow (who pitched for the Red Sox in 2006 before they waived him) from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a deal for reliever/starter Matt Albers and veteran outfielder Scott Podsednik. The Snakes are also said to be talking to the Cincinnati Reds about a Lyle Overbay trade.

Hamels Stays Put, Hanley Does L.A.

Hamels.

Cole Hamels isn’t going anywhere. Not by the non-waiver trade deadline, not as a free agent after the season, not for six years. Just as reported widely enough the last few days, the Phillies landed the lefthander for a six-year, $144 million contract extension which includes a 2019 vesting option and a limited no-trade clause.

The deal makes Hamel the proud owner of the second-most lucrative deal for a pitcher in the Show, just ahead of Johan Santana (Mets) and behind CC Sabathia (Yankees). But the bottom line really came down to Hamels wanting to stay where he knew a fan base loved him and to emulate his boyhood hero, Tony Gwynn, and play his entire career for the same club if he could.