• A-Rod A-Goner?

    Posted by on October 17th, 2012 · Comments (8)

    Via Jim Litke

    [Alex] Rodriguez has never been a comfortable fit with the Yankees. He’s a target for the tabloids, even when he’s not in the game, a reminder of which came with a report in the New York Post that he spent some of his time on the bench Saturday night flirting with two fans two rows behind the New York dugout. And at 37, with his skills in decline, he still has five years and $114 million guaranteed to run on his contract, plus the power to veto a trade. But that doesn’t mean it can’t happen.

    In the National League, Atlanta could use a name to replace Chipper Jones at third. Rodriguez also would be a fit at third for Miami, where he grew up and owns a home that he’s trying to unload for $38 million. The Dodgers’ new ownership hasn’t been shy about accumulating high-priced talent and current third baseman Luis Cruz isn’t going to help sell tickets.

    But A-Rod to the American League seems like a better deal all around. His current contract contains a number of bonuses for career milestones — all home runs — and his best chance to eventually reach those is as a designated hitter.

    Based on his performance this season, Rodriguez would be an immediate upgrade at third over the platoon of Maicer Izturis and Alberto Callaspo the Los Angeles Angels deployed this season and he’d be popular with the team’s Latino fan base as long as he remained productive.

    Even the Chicago White Sox might be an option, since the club has made a habit of taking on fading stars in recent years, so long as the price is right. Best of all, though, might be the Houston Astros, who have money to throw around as a result of an agreement with Major League Baseball to move to the AL next season, and desperately could use the buzz.

    That said, not one of those clubs is likely to consider Rodriguez at the full retail price. But the Yankees have a history of unloading high-priced talent by continuing to pay part of the bill and estimates the team would have to fork over somewhere between 50 and 75 percent of his salary for the next five years aren’t necessarily a deal-breaker. Not after this postseason.

    Recently, Yankees President Randy Levine was asked whether he thought A-Rod would still be wearing pinstripes when his current deal ended in 2017. He told ESPN Radio in New York, “That’s like one of those questions: Where’s the stock market going to be in 2017, who’s going to be president on Nov. 15?

    “If I had crystal ball to predict all of that stuff, I’d be a lot smarter than I am,” he added. “I’m not going to go there.”

    Not yet, anyway, and not before this season comes to a merciful conclusion. But Rodriguez lost the fans long ago, and from the sound of things Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman might not be too far behind.

    The key, in all this, is that A-Rod has to want to leave and then the Yankees can try and find a parking spot for him. But, unless Alex says that he’s willing to accept a trade, he’s not leaving New York.

    Maybe this post-season experience is enough to make A-Rod want to leave the Yankees?

    And, if Rodriguez says he wants to move, the Yankees would be smart to eat as much salary as it takes to get him out of town.

    Comments on A-Rod A-Goner?

    1. EHawk
      October 17th, 2012 | 12:16 pm

      I was thinking about this last night as well. I think if they do move Arod then the logical move is to move Jeter to 3B and give Nunez the everyday SS job. Lets face it with Jeter while still a solid SS his range is lacking now and its a demanding position to play…moving him to 3B I think will extend his career….lets face it if Ripken moved to 3B then Jeter can too.

    2. October 17th, 2012 | 12:27 pm

      There’s no way they move Jeter to put Nunez at short. Jeter would throw a fit and Nunez is the next Jose Offerman with the glove at short.

    3. EHawk
      October 17th, 2012 | 12:45 pm

      @ Steve L.:
      Well at some point he is going to have to move off short…I think Nunez can improve enough in the field to be decent if the Yanks stick with him at one position.

    4. K-V-C
      October 17th, 2012 | 3:55 pm

      If A-Roid is moved, I would move Jeter to SECOND and trade the current most over rated player in the game Cano. This post season has shown he needs to go – Alfonso Soriano had a better post season the year he was run out of town and it needs to happen to Cano.

      Put Nunez at short and go after a third baseman.

    5. October 17th, 2012 | 4:15 pm

      Corban Joseph is the next 2B in waiting. And, I would be fine with giving hm a shot. Jeter is playing SS unless the ankle thing, which is now a 4-5 month recovery, really makes him worse than he already is, at SS.

      Who the next SS is, I dunno. I don’t think he’s in the organization now.

    6. October 17th, 2012 | 4:59 pm
    7. K-V-C
      October 17th, 2012 | 8:02 pm

      Jeter only has a year or two left, I’d move him to second and see if Joseph’s career AAA year is real or not.

    8. Raf
      October 17th, 2012 | 9:38 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      And, I would be fine with giving hm a shot. Jeter is playing SS unless the ankle thing, which is now a 4-5 month recovery, really makes him worse than he already is, at SS.

      I don’t think Jeter moves off short until he’s good and ready. He’s looked old a couple of times this postseason, and I can’t imagine that he’ll get better with age and injury. Don’t want to see him become Roy Smalley out there.

      I wouldn’t mind seeing Nunez @ short for a full season, but I’m not going to write Jeter off yet.

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