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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Sunday, February 15, 2004
New York Yankees
Acquired SS Alex Rodriguez from the New York Yankees for 2B Alfonso Soriano and a player to be named.
Hell with it - if I wait for an announcement, everyone will be tired of it by then.
Highway robbery by the Yankees even considering that Team Captain’s apparent unwillingness to do what’s best for the team is preventing the Yanks from getting the full benefits of the trade.
The current plan seems to be to move A-Rod to 3B but that can always change. And should, too, since the Yankees acquired a bunch of 3B options that won’t be able to be moved to 2B. Houston or Lamb can fill a 3B hole without being too wretched, but neither will do the same at 2B. The best thing for the Yanks to do now is to leave A-Rod at short, tell Derek Jeter that being a leader isn’t just a pretty label, and move him to 2nd and eventually center.
What the Rangers get out of this? A much bleaker future than before the A-Rod trade. They pay the Yankees roughly a *third* of what A-Rod’s owed for the privilege of making the team significantly worse. Soriano’s a much better player than a lot of people, including myself, thought he would be, but he’s not A-Rod.
If the Rangers are able to keep Soriano long-term, they’ll have to give him a deal not too far from the 12-18 a year the Yanks are paying A-Rod, which’ll eat into any savings and payroll flexibility.
If the Rangers are not able to keep Soriano long-term, then they’ve lost 10 wins a year. They had enough problems *with* the wins A-Rod brought and would be that much further from making a dent in the West.
Mike Young returns to short and should handle it pretty nicely.
Really, there’s not much of a way the Rangers get any advantage in this. This wasn’t a world-class offense - it was a mediocre offense in 2003 *with* the 2nd-best SS in history.
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