New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman called a trade of Alex Rodriguez “unrealistic,” but said he would listen to offers for his third baseman—a player he conceded is no longer a superstar—if teams called to inquire about him.
... “It’s not like I’m going to hang phones up on anybody who wants to make any overtures about anything,” Cashman told O’Connor. “You’re talking about realistic stuff and unrealistic stuff. I don’t think it’s realistic at all for us to be moving forward with anything but Alex Rodriguez at third base.
“He’s still an above-average third baseman. ... That means despite the contract that we had committed to him, that he’s an asset at this stage still. I don’t see us doing anything there. I don’t anticipate it. If someone wants to make phone calls, we’re more than willing to do all that stuff with any of our players, and that’s fine. You can run into something that way.
“But listen, the sooner we put to bed any expectation or anticipation that the Yankees are going to be solely focused on trying to move Alex Rodriguez. ... I think that would be false. And it would be just a lot of wasted energy on anybody’s part to be thinking.”
... But Cashman agreed A-Rod’s days as a superstar are finished, something A-Rod himself has refused to concede.
“Do I expect him to return to the MVP-caliber type Alex Rodriguez? No,” Cashman said. “Obviously you decline with age, and he’s getting up there in his age. ... So no, that would be very unrealistic to think as well. But despite the age where he’s at, he’s still an above-average player at that position.
“Is he a superstar at that position? No. But I think when anybody signed that (10-year, $275 million) contract (in 2007), expecting him to be at that level at that age would be unrealistic also.”
Posted: October 21, 2012 at 04:20 PM | 45 comment(s)
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