But what about Alex Rodriguez to the Dodgers? Interestingly, as of yesterday morning, the Yankees hadn’t yet placed A-Rod on waivers, but that’s almost certainly moot. It’s hard to see A-Rod waiving his no-trade clause mid-season, and would the Dodgers really want A-Rod at this juncture, when he’s rehabilitating his left hand injury? Nevertheless, given the already outrageous claims that the Dodgers have made, I’d like to see what they actually do when A-Rod’s name gets run up the flagpole.
In any case, Joel focused on the more realistic notion of a winter trade sending A-Rod out West. And it struck me, viewing this scenario through the prism of this past week’s Red Sox-Dodgers trade, that A-Rod’s situation with the Yankees could be far worse.
Yes, the Yankees would unload A-Rod and his contract in a blink, because of their desire to get under the $189 million threshold in 2014. But as we sit here in Year 9 of the A-Rod-Yankees relationship – and as we view just how badly the Red Sox wanted to dump the bad fits that Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez had become – we can say that, at least A-Rod and the Yankees kinda like each other.
A-Rod will never be a perfect fit anywhere; if baseball’s sixth tool was alienating people with arrogance and awkwardness, then A-Rod would’ve been a six-tool player in his prime. Yet he has calmed down considerably in his advancing baseball years.