Do The New York Yankees Need To Trade Alex Rodriguez This Winter?
Have you ever seen a legitimate sports superstar fall from grace as quickly as Alex Rodriguez has over the course of the last few weeks? Have you ever seen a team pull a superstar player from the lineup during some of the most important games of their season? Did you ever think you’d see the day where New York Yankees fans would get so fed up with A-Rod that they’d actually cheer for the news of him getting benched during a playoff series? Well, you’re seeing it right before your very eyes right now.
During the Yankees playoff series against the Baltimore Orioles—and again during their series against the Detroit Tigers, which will likely conclude tonight unless the Yanks can pull off a miracle—A-Rod has been terrible. He looks slow at the plate. His focus is all off (did you hear about him trying to pick up girls in the middle of a game recently?). And, he just doesn’t look like a guy who is supposed to be a superstar athlete. He looks like a rookie who can’t handle the pressures that come along with playing on the biggest stage in baseball. So, when the Yanks dreadful postseason finally ends this season, should the team consider trading him?
We never thought we’d say this…but, yes. Hell yes. And, it sounds like the Yankees are already thinking that way. A recent report released by the New York Daily News indicates that the Yanks may already be in preliminary talks to move A-Rod to the Miami Marlins in exchange for, well, whatever they can get for him. Although Yankees GM Brian Cashman denies it, an ESPN report found that Yankees president Randy Levine and Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria joked about the idea of trading A-Rod to the Marlins recently and that that joke could turn into something substantial over baseball’s winter break.
And, we can’t say that we’d blame either team for trying. A-Rod needs a change of scenery, if for no other reason than to get his head on straight again. Likewise, the Yankees need to move him simply to turn all of the attention they’re receiving these days away from A-Rod. And, Miami just moved into a new ballpark this season and finished dead last in the NL East. So, they’re dying for another big name like A-Rod to anchor their lineup.
A-Rod’s days in New York were fun while they lasted. But, those days are probably numbered. Unless he really shocks the world during the rest of the postseason—we’re talking four consecutive walk-off home runs to beat the Tigers!—the Yankees need to move him and they need to move him now. It’s crazy that we’re even having this conversation, considering that A-Rod is still considering a superstar. But, for the good of both the Yankees and A-Rod, he needs to go.