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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. pisano - Oct 18, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Well, lets get this done, if another team is dumb enough to take his sorry ass.

    • suicidesqueeze91361 - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      I’m a Dodger fan. We’ll take him. He’ll fit right in.

      We just picked every over-payed selfish a-h0le player the Red Sox wanted to throw away, so why not?

      And A-Rod is popular with the ladies. So maybe his presence will improve the look of the female patrons who frequent Chavez Ravine. I’m growing a bit tired of the 300 lb. gorilla club double-fisting Farmer John dogs and nachos……*BURP*…..

  2. johnbrownsbod - Oct 18, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    White Sox should look at trading Dunn for Arod as long as they are willing to take up a lot of the salary… We need a 3rd basemen and one with pop. Good hitting park for him, get rid of Dunn’s salary, maybe make it a bigger trade with Peavy going along as they need pitching. Sox would have salary flexibility.

    • blackandbluedivision - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:55 PM

      Are you high? A-Rod for Beckum. The Yanks can have a young player and move him back to third.

    • suicidesqueeze91361 - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:40 PM

      Adam Dunn is “popping” out double the homers A-Rod ever will again, and Dunn’s batting average has nowhere to go but UP.

      That would be a HUGE mistake….and it will never enter the GM’s mind.

  3. serbingood - Oct 18, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    This might be a dumb question, but could A-Rod simply ask out of his contract in a way that would not require the Yankees to pay him a dime and then be free to negotiate a new contract with all who are interested? I would bet the Yankees would be agreeable to a mutual release or a release with an option year payment.

    Can this be done under the present MLB rules?

    • Old Gator - Oct 18, 2012 at 4:59 PM

      Why in Buddha’s name would A-Roid beg out of a guaranteed $114 million he would never get in a million years from anyone else? Would you?

      • serbingood - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:14 PM

        If I wanted out of NY bad enough, yes I would.

      • zhangocracy - Oct 18, 2012 at 8:05 PM

        A-Rod doesn’t want out of NY, tard. The Yankees want him out.

    • blackandbluedivision - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:56 PM

      If I were A-Rod. I wouldn’t do a d*** thing. I’d just sit back and watch them squirm. They already signed him to a $114 million contract, why in the world would they ask him to opt out? So another team can pay him significantly less?! Plus, they have to have a opt out clause in their contract.

    • zhangocracy - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:43 PM

      The next time you have doubt on whether or not your question is dumb, just walk away and know that it is.

    • karaterobot - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:20 PM

      Congrats, serbingood, that’s the dumbest comment I’ve read on a sports site, and I’ve seen some real gems.

  4. randygnyc - Oct 18, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Arod would not be allowed to give up a single red dime of his current contract. The players association won’t allow it. In fact, that’s what stopped the initial trade to Boston. Arod was willing to give up,some money and the players association killed the deal.

    The Yankees are hoping that by humiliating Arod he will waive his no trade clause. It’s their only hope of moving him. I heard today that if Arod gets mad enough, he can demand even more “consideration” from the Yankees as inducement to accept a trade. His contract is already guaranteed (unless the Yankees want to start unprecedented and expensive litigation to void his contract on the basis that they were deceived) so Arod will get his money no matter what. If he wants to be really difficult, he can just shut down the Yankees requests, cold. He could force them to actually pay him more.

  5. gmsalpha - Oct 18, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    To quote Toby Keith:

    I’m not as good as I once was. But I’m as good once, as I ever was.

  6. vanmorrissey - Oct 18, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Calling Reuben Amaro, calling Rueben Amaro!! Let’s see how much more money you can spend on aging players.

    • zhangocracy - Oct 18, 2012 at 8:09 PM

      Bernie Williams wants a tryout.

  7. itsallgood8989 - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    ARod to Detroit to man SS and bat 5th behind VMart!

  8. itsallgood8989 - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    make that 6th….. Miggy 3rd, Fielder 4th, VMart 5th, ARod 6th….. not a bad murder’s row! if Yankees pay 80% that would be 5m a year until his contract expires!

    • blackandbluedivision - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:58 PM

      If the Yankees pay 80%? Why would they that much for a player that could help a team in their conference win…(probably) another championship?

      • zhangocracy - Oct 18, 2012 at 8:11 PM

        Trading A-Rod to Detroit ensures the Yankees have one less team to worry about in the playoffs…

      • blackandbluedivision - Oct 19, 2012 at 2:24 PM

        One less team? Fielder, Cabrera, Martinez, a pissed off A-Rod. That won’t be one less team.

  9. serbingood - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Didn’t Texas give NY a ton of money for them to take A-Rod off their hands? Let’s call that an offset to the ton of money the Yankees will pay (team to be named later) to take A-Rod off the Yankees hands. The circle is unbroken.

    God’s speed A-Rod. May the Force be With You.

    • zhangocracy - Oct 18, 2012 at 8:14 PM

      “You don’t know the power of the dark side.”


  10. serbingood - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    So if he stays with NY for 2013, is there anything that says he has to be on the 25 man roster? Can they place him at AA or AAA to get his ‘mechanics’ back on track? If they are stuck with the bad contract are they stuck with him being on the regular season roster?

    Just asking as I have no idea. Either way he get’s paid. The question is paid to play AA, AAA or at the top level.

    • zhangocracy - Oct 18, 2012 at 8:16 PM

      He would provide a greater service as the Yankee bat boy.

  11. sidelineshot - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    This A-Rod stuff makes the Red Sox look brilliant by shipping 275 million in salary to the Dodgers.

    The Bombers should call Magic Johnson, and see if he is still out of his mind and would take on A-Rod.

  12. materialman80 - Oct 19, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Stray Rod is pretty much done. And this shows you why these huge contracts to guys that cannot possibly contribute to a team that long are absurd. This guy may be done and they still owe him 114 million dollars? Insane. The Angels will be in the same boat before long with Pujols. That deal was off the charts stupid as well.

    • laeaglefan - Oct 24, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      The Angels are already sorry they gave Pujols that mega contract. Its not that he had a “bad” year (it was good by most standards) but it was less than expected of him and he’s not getting any younger.

  13. buffalomafia - Oct 20, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    A-rod to Atlanta or Cincy for there top reliever?????

  14. KOBEshigawa - Oct 21, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    What’s strange is that A-Rod to the Dodgers isn’t a far-fetched idea. If the Yanks pick up, say, 60% of the contract, minimum, then the Dodgers are essentially paying $44 mil over 5 years to a player that’s quite frankly, still quite good, especially against righties (.920 OPS). Keep in mind that this guy was mostly hurt during the playoffs and just went though another incredible cold streak. he’s still far better than the league-average player, and I’d trust him next year (in a “win-now” situation for the Dodgers) over Luis Cruz. Of course, this could all be a miserable failure, but I’m just pointing out how it’s possible and what the Dodgers could be thinking.

  15. laeaglefan - Oct 24, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    I don’t know if A-Rod considers the Phillies a big market team, but they’re in desperate need of a 3rd baseman with power. Not sure what they have to give back to the Yankees in return, but something could probably be worked out if everyone wanted to do it.

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