Lots of reports floating around now to the effect that a deal is in place between A-Rod and the Yanks; something to the tune of 10 years and $250 million, give or take $10 to $25 million. I’m frankly not interested in handicapping the “winners” and “losers” among the players in the drama. That’s for the tabs. Tune in to sports radio for an endless agonizing about Alex’s personality. I’ll keep my analysis focussed on what his potential return means for the Yankees on the field. Assuming the deal actually happens, the team retains an offensive lynchpin for years, and without giving up a thing besides dollars. Resources that might have gone to filling the void created by his absence can now be directed elsewhere (ie, Johan Santana). Alex is going to win the MVP this week—his second in Pinstripes. He might well win a few more. And the team will be better positioned to take home some more impressive hardware along the way.