It's so obvious but I don't think its really been pointed out A-Rod's not going back to NYC... now NY needs a third basemen. The only option for them is really Mike Lowell - the other infielders available just aren't even close, and/or have very limited experience at third base. So while Lowell's price is going to be a lot higher than any of us would like (4 years $60 million total won't shock anyone... indeed that's what the Yankees are reportedly willing to spend) isn't there an added benefit in re-signing him that we make ourselves stronger and the Yankees weaker? Is that worth an extra year and the $15 million per season price tag? Maybe - maybe not - but it certainly helps. It's kindof like the Dice-K signing last offseason - yes they paid a lot but they got a good pitcher (who hopefully will adjust next season like Beckett did this season) and they weakened the Yankees. Maybe this has been talked about adnaseum but I figured I'd throw it out for discussion.