The New York Yankees are coming off a rough postseason where all of their main hitters went cold and the team was swept out of the American League Championship Series. While the slump was team-wide, much of the blame fell on Alex Rodriguez, who finished the playoffs 3-for-25 with a .120 batting average.
Considering how much A-Rod has been making with the Yankees, it’s fair to say that he’s been a lightning bolt for criticism. The problem is that at one point in time, he played like an MVP and was one of the league’s special players. Nowadays, he’s 37-years-old and has hit less than 20 home runs in each of the last two seasons. That’s low for him considering you’d have to go back to 1997 to find a year where he hit less than 30. He’s still paid like an MVP but he’s not playing like one.
He’s owed a whopping $114 million over the next five seasons but would the Dodgers be interested if they got him at a discount? There are only a handful of teams in baseball that can afford to take him on and the Dodgers have already shown a propensity to take on big contracts. A-Rod would just be one more.
He’d fit well into the infield and there wouldn’t be nearly as much heat, pressure and spotlight on him in Los Angeles as there is in New York. He’d also just be one of the guys in a lineup that is already filled with star batters like Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez and Matt Kemp.
MLB odds makers are listing the Dodgers and their cross-town rivals, the Angels, as the favorites to land A-Rod if he’s traded. The Yankees would have to severely discount the contract – maybe throwing in about $75 million – just to make it palatable. Even so, if the Dodgers can get A-Rod at about $8 million per season, it might be worth the risk. He’s got pedigree, experience and rings. That would definitely boost the team as long as the price is right.
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