We take a break from our looking back at 2012 series to take a look at someone who is in the news quite a bit lately in Alex Rodriguez. It appears that his days as a New York Yankee are numbered to say the least after being pinch hit for when he’s been in the lineup during the postseason. He has five years and an average of $24 million a year left on his contract. I’m going to play devil’s advocate and give reasons why the should and why they shouldn’t.
Why They Should: First of all, the postseason is the king of all small sample sizes. The difference is more attention is paid to a 38 at bat stretch in April. A-Rod wasn’t that bad before having his hand broken by Felix Hernandez. He had a .276/.358/.806 stat line. In comparison, Alberto Callaspo had a .252/.331./.692 for the entire season. If they can trade Vernon Wells and have the Yankees pay most of the freight for the next five years then it may not be that bad. The LA market won’t effect A-Rod either coming in from New YorkWhy They Shouldn’t: Rodriguez is certainly on the decline. Bringing in someone who can’t play third base every day in order to keep healthy probably isn’t the best move for this team. He’s going to have to DH some on a team with Kendrys Morales, Mark Trumbo and Albert Pujols who are all going to need time at DH and if Torii Hunter is re-signed adds to the logjam. He’s also right handed, something the Angels already have. In 2017 A-Rod will be 42 and Albert Pujols will be 37. Think about that for a minute.
Could the Angels be involved in trade talks this off-season for A-Rod? Absolutely. I think the Yankees preference if they were to trade him would be Miami. That way he’s out of the league. Could you imagine the reaction out of NY if A-Rod were to get a big hit for the Angels against the Yankees in the playoffs or a big regular season game next year? I think if Miami falls through the Angels may be right there. It wouldn’t be without risks though.