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Alex Rodriguez would not block a trade to a big market team

Oct 18, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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Every fall I wonder what the dominant hot stove story is going to be. The one where, every time we do a post about it, someone says “I am SO SICK of this!”

Usually it’s a big free agent like Cliff Lee or Albert Pujols. Sometimes it’s the story of a little free agent — a guy past his prime — seemingly unable to ever find a team (Johnny Damon has played that part for several years now). This year it’s most definitely gonna be the A-Rod trade saga.

Why wait for the season to end to get that train a-rolling?  Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Alex Rodriguez is telling “close friends” that he wouldn’t block a trade — as is his right — as long as it’s to certain big market teams:

He will welcome a trade, the person says, but it must to be to another big-market club. Hint: He won’t be going to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The most likely choices would be the Miami Marlins, Los Angeles Angels, Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

We’ve talked about the Marlins — I could see them doing something like that and A-Rod lives in Miami. Not sure why the Angels would want him or what they’d give the Yankees back. Same with Chicago. The Dodgers have already gone on a pretty big spending spree and it seems kinda nuts that they’d consider it.

I guess less important than handicapping possible destinations, however, is figuring how much of the $114 million remaining on his contract the Yankees would be willing to eat. Probably a ton.  If so, and if Rodriguez’s effective salary to a suitor is sufficiently low, any number of people would be willing to take a chance on him, I reckon.  Because even if he isn’t what he once was, he still is an above average hitter who could conceivably rebound to for a year or two into some approximation of what he once was. Especially if you think that his current woes are health-related.

It would not be at all shocking for this stuff to heat up soon, so prepare yourself for A-Rod-a-palooza, people. It’s gonna pretty much dominate the offseason.

  1. dowhatifeellike - Oct 18, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    I’ll trade nothing in exchange for Aroid as long as the Yankees pick up 80% of his salary.

    • pjmarn6 - Oct 18, 2012 at 1:59 PM

      Craig, time to go back to English 101. It is not for a year or TOO! It is for a year or TWO!

      My eight grade English teacher told me something you should know. People judge you by the vocabulary and how you use the English language.

      I am sure you are getting the big bucks. The least you can do is to reread your writings, not rely on spell checkers, and correct your English language writing mistakes.

      • kiwicricket - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:17 PM

        Shouldn’t that be ‘eighth’ grade, Professor?

      • darthicarus - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:28 PM

        While we’re griping, I find your second paragraph there to be a bit choppy & not well thought out (this beyond your inability to use a word properly as has been pointed out). I imagine you are quoting your English teacher there so that’s technically not a second sentence but should in fact be in quotes referencing said teacher. Also, I believe you are missing a word as “people judge you by the vocabulary and how you use the English language” seems incomplete.

      • ratflop - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:34 PM

        Come to think of it, the first sentence is a fragment, you should consider revising.

      • polegojim - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:46 PM

        And frankly PJ… he’s not ‘getting’ the big bucks… he’s ‘making’ the big bucks.

        Tsk tsk tsk… and you, a teacher!

      • mrwillie - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:56 PM

        Talk about bad spelling, you were obviously WAY off typing spellingbeetalk.com to end up here.

        Awkward.

      • indaburg - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:02 PM

        You know how else people judge you, pj? By trying to play grammar cop (especially when your own grammar is so lacking). Your eighth grade teacher forgot to tell you that part.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:17 PM

        Craig, [SIC] time to go back to English 101. It is not for a year or TOO[SIC]! It is for a year or TWO[SIC]!

        My eight[SIC] grade English teacher told me something you should know. People judge you by the vocabulary[SIC] and how you use the English language.

        I am sure you are getting the big bucks. The least you can do is to reread your writings, not rely on spell checkers, and correct your English language writing mistakes.

        And those were just a quick peruse of your errors.

      • paperlions - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:21 PM

        Man…someone criticizing grammar using “to get” in such a fashion is rather comical.

      • natstowngreg - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:41 PM

        I am SO SICK of this nit-picking!
        :)

      • Old Gator - Oct 18, 2012 at 5:08 PM

        Sorry to nitpick, but….the Feesh are a big market team????

    • blackandbluedivision - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:00 PM

      Peavy and Beckum for A-Rod. Take it or leave it.

  2. markcycy - Oct 18, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    PHILLIES NEED A 3RD BASEMAN

    • Old Gator - Oct 18, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      Great! Let them trade for a washed-up shortstop, then!

    • xmatt0926x - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:17 PM

      No!!! Arod is the last thing the Phillies need. As it is it will be tough enough to try and mix in a young player here and there with the old players on their last legs that dominate that lineup. It’s not like Arod had a decent year and is just slumping in October. He really looks dead in the water and it’s been like that for a while now. He’s an empty jersey at this point.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:05 PM

        Seriously? You are nuts. If the Phillies can get A-Rod with the Yankees picking up 80% of his salary for a couple minor leaguers, they should do it in a heartbeat. The year that you said was “not decent” was better than 75% of the Phillies lineup last year.

        529 PA…18HRs/57RBIs…272/.353/.430/.783. Not even “decent”?

        If the Phillies start the year with a slap-hitting 3B like Galvis or Frandsen then they are doomed. That’s a power position. A-Rod could easily hit 20 HRs in CBP and he’s still a competent defensive 3rd baseman.

        Again, if you are happy to roll into 2013 with Frandsen or Galvis at third base, then you are nuts.

      • mJankiewicz - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:41 PM

        Yes to everything Chris said. I have a feeling a lot of Philly fans would hate him. But I do think he would be productive.

  3. mdpickles - Oct 18, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    How about Howard for A-Rod. Bad contract for bad contract. Or do the Spankees already have too many DH’s?

  4. darthicarus - Oct 18, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    I’m sure with his performances from recent years the line to acquire ARod’s services isn’t quite as long as he’s hoping it is. The Marlins seem just dumb enough to want to acquire him and expect big things. I have a hunch teams like the Pirates & Royals aren’t exactly crying themselves to sleep knowing Alex wouldn’t want to join their team, hell the owners may have put ARod on their “Will Not Trade For List”.

    • Old Gator - Oct 18, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      The idea of A-Roid in Feesh flashies does seem just carnivalesque enough to appeal to the imagination, no? I’ve already mentioned the Scrooge McLoria proclivity for players out of position, so there’s that. However, there’s this thought too: the notochord trust is hanging by an axon after the fiasco of 2012, so which of those guys, a couple of steps from the guillotine as it is, are going to stick there necks out and assure Scrooge that this is a great idea? How do you shoot the Devil? What if you miss?

      • Old Gator - Oct 18, 2012 at 1:43 PM

        their necks out….

        Edit function!
        Edit function!
        EDIT FUNCTION!

  5. Old Gator - Oct 18, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Haul out your vulvazoolas, Feesh fans. Thees could be thees year’s Slobbering Ozzie hunt.

    What a relief. The very idea of bringing in a real third baseman to play third base really bent the pointy end of the probability meter arrow. And of course, it will make for a nice ceremony in a few years when A-Roid hands the slugging crown over to the Iron Giant, with all the elves and hobbits bowing down around them.

    • umrguy42 - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:20 PM

      “Vulvazoolas”? OG, is this some kind of subtle jab at “flirt-gate” and trying to entice A-Rod to the Feesh? ;p

      • Old Gator - Oct 18, 2012 at 5:12 PM

        He already lives here in the orfseason so he knows just where to hunt. The vulvazoolas are for calling his hounds.

  6. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 18, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    here is a question for the ARod hating Yankee fans: would you give him to Boston for nothing and pay his salary to go there? I mean, if the guy sucks, it would harm their team to have him, right?

    has there ever been a player this good yet so hated by his own team’s fans?

  7. cur68 - Oct 18, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Yes, but will it cause people to write requiems and odes to long lost loves? See, I doubt it. ARod just can’t get that kind of thing to happen. That’s why he’ll never be better than Phat Al: not even his post season drama will be anywhere near as good. Still, should make for some interesting shouting around here.

    • Alex K - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:17 PM

      If the media coverage was the same when he was a 25 year old free agent in 2000 the amount of bandwith used to describe how amazing he is would have broken the internet. Think about it….he was a 25 year old, power hitting, slick fielding shortstop! I think he would have gotten a lot more coverage than Pujols.

    • Alex K - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:19 PM

      And remember…this was before he signed the contract with Texas and became History’s Greatest Monster.

      • cur68 - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:41 PM

        I thought History’s Greatest Monster was that fiend Jimmy Carter?

  8. vallewho - Oct 18, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    I am SO SICK of this!

  9. hk62 - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Anonymous GM poll from last night (ESPN Radio during the rain delays) “What would A-Rod get if he were a free agent this winter?” Most common answer – 1 year $5 million + incentives….

  10. normcash - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Since when is Miami a “big market”? I assume it’s on the list simply because he lives there—and they have an owner dumb enough to take him….

  11. sdelmonte - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Counting down the days till the Mets re-sign Wright, so I can smile, taunt Yankees fans about our 3rd baseman, and turn off local sports radio till March.

    • zzalapski - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:18 PM

      Won’t your face be red if (IF) the Yankees trade A-Rod and sign Wright to replace him.

      • chill1184 - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:31 PM

        Wright doesnt hit FA until after the 2013 season FYI

      • sdelmonte - Oct 19, 2012 at 1:39 PM

        Yeah, red from anger that the Mets let him get away.

    • daisycutter1 - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      Wright can show off his WS ring in the press conference.

  12. canesgiants - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    have fun with wright and the rest of the AAA squad

  13. raysfan1 - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Okay, on another post, I made a statement that I actually expect Rodriguez to have a better year next year if he can stay healthy. However, I do think the Yankees will try to move him. When they do, eating 80+% of the remainder of the contract in the process, much will be made of flirt-gate and his overall unpopularity. However, I think the Yankees may have another reason. Derek Jeter will be coming off ankle surgery. Even if pain free, expect him to have decreased quickness, speed and range. With that, it would be no surprise if Nunez opens 2013 at short and Jeter at 3rd (or Jeter still at 3rd but cheating more toward 2nd with Nunez at 3rd). Either way, changes.in the Yankees defensive line up may be in order, regardless of the soap opera stuff the tabloids like to brute about.

    • Alex K - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:05 PM

      I don’t think Jeter’s ego will let him move off short.

      • raysfan1 - Oct 18, 2012 at 9:07 PM

        Just noticed my typo– the parenthetical statement was supposed to be Jeter still at short, but cheating more toward 2nd and Nunez at 3rd.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:19 PM

      Derek Jeter will be coming off ankle surgery. Even if pain free, expect him to have decreased quickness, speed and range.

      If his range decreases any more, he’ll essentially be a statue out there. But your point still stands.

  14. kevinbnyc - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    The Angels would obviously trade Mike Trout. He’s going to be a Yankee eventually anyway, right?

  15. mrfloydpink - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    What would be awesome is if they just cut him outright, with no attempt to recoup any value whatsoever, just to send a message to other teams that money means nothing to the Yankee empire. It would be like Keyser Soze shooting his family rather than letting them be taken hostage.

    • jimbanks02 - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:08 PM

      You, sir, are a steely-eyed true blue baseball fan. Just dump him! I love it! Also, I love the Usual Suspects reference. Usually, after I read this blog, I start screaming about finding out who to sue to get my tax dollars back that were wasted on educating those morons, Today, classic movie references, a quote from W.B Yeats, and a nod to Frank Herbert’s Dune. Oh, and a little basball as well. Well done.

  16. yankee9er - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    I’ll take David Wright for A-Rod.

    • yankee9er - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:42 PM

      and pay both salaries to be rid of him!

    • indaburg - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:10 PM

      Sure, and I’ll trade you my 2008 Honda Odyssey for your 2012 Porsche Panamera. That is one sweet little car. Sound fair?

    • chill1184 - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:33 PM

      Alderson would laugh in Cashman’s face if that would ever proposed.

  17. kiwicricket - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Some team might sneak in there and get away with only having to pay him 5-8million per.
    If A-Rod had one more really good season, it would be completely worth it for them.

    Wonder if Theo is starting to itch?

  18. ramrene - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Without his steroids he sucks.

  19. kelshannon19 - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Even the Astros don’t want this mess.

  20. rainboltje - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    I have an idea; let’s be totally gauche by making fun of Craig for writing ‘too’ instead of ‘two’ on a forum. Dude, if it’s really important to you send the guy an email instead of posting pretenious complaints.

  21. 2077james - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    If he does get traded he may also become a BSOHL candidate. Two potential offseason A-rod stories. Noooooooo

  22. indaburg - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    A National League team like the Marlins doesn’t make sense for Rodriguez. I know he is from Miami, but I see his future as he ages as a DH. Then again, since when does logic apply in Miami?

  23. zerohandicapper - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    He is not going anywhere. Arod was not brought to NY to win games or championships. He was brought to NY to bring the HR title back to NY. END OF STORY.

  24. joewilliesshnoz - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Did somebody say something about the Pirates , who are they ?

  25. kanbarusuruga - Oct 18, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Everybody’s just jealous of A-rod styling on two old bags in the crowd during several hours of having to sit on a bench with nothing happening. He gets paid too much, that’s for sure, but who doesn’t? You could swap every monkey in a fast food chain for a vending machine and it would only improve things.

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