Yesterday, I sent out a quick-and-dirty poll to several Yankees Bloggers which contained the following two questions:
Should – regardless of whether or not they will – the Yankees trade Alex Rodriguez?
Will – regardless of whether or not they should – the Yankees trade Alex Rodriguez?
The authors of fifteen different Yankees blogs responded – and here are the results:
Note: I did not vote in this poll – so, these results do not include my opinion.
For the record, two bloggers responded “yes” to both questions and nine bloggers responded “no” to both questions. The remaining four bloggers had mixed answers.
Here are a few comments on the topic that some of the bloggers elected to share:
YF from Yanksfan vs Soxfan -
Assuming there’s a reasonable deal on the table that includes pitching, I would expect him to move. All the negativity is bad for business, the Yankees have needs, and he’s a valuable commodity. I wouldn’t expect him to go cheaply, however. I wouldn’t expect the team to accept cents on the dollar for so much production.
Sam Borden from NY Yankees Blog -
There is no doubt that Rodriguez is one of the most talented players of this generation – if not in baseball history – but there is also no doubt that the idea of playing in New York has festered in his head. I don’t see that changing. If he can be turned into young pitching, it’s a deal that has to be made.
Patrick from YanksBlog.com -
I have a hard time finding a good, viable reason to trade him. When people talk about New York fans being unreasonable, this is a textbook example. Offense (.313 AVG/.495 OBA in ’06 with RISP and 2 outs), defense (one questionable year does not erase a proven, gold glove caliber history), personality (unnamed sources in media reports are not going to make me deal him) – none of it cuts it with a player of this class. Essentially, he’s had 2 bad postseason series’ in a row. I’m as October crazy as the next guy, but so what? The postseason is a sample size season that decides the entire season. Great players can have a rough 7 games in an otherwise great season. He’s not writing letters here, he’s playing baseball.
Joe from The Sporting Brews -
I think it goes without saying, though I will anyway, that it (a trade) must be for equal value. That means a No. 2 starter and further serviceable Major League talent. But, (a trade will not happen since) I can’t foresee them acquiring equal value in a trade.
Jim Baumbach from On The Yankees Beat -
I think the Yankees will most definitely listen to the offers they will receive, and there will be plenty of calls. And perhaps they will investigate some options that could be attractive to them. But ultimately I think it will not benefit them to trade Rodriguez, not at what they will get back in return. And they will go for one more year to see if he can become a bigtime postseason player, finally.
Mr. Faded Glory from High and Tight -
You don’t trade a once in a generation type player, one year removed from an MVP, who in a down year hits .290 with 35 HR because Steve Phillips and Mike Lupica deicde to focus on ridiculously small sample sizes and rile up ignorant fans. No. Hell no. Especially not for what’s being bandied about as being available.
So, there you have it. According to the majority of Yankees bloggers in this poll, Alex Rodriguez should and will be a member of the New York Yankees in 2007.
Thanks to all my fellow bloggers for taking part in this poll!