Yanks would be smart to end the A-Rod ERA

BY WADE MCMILLIN, Couchsideshow.com editor

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez may be traded this offseason after one of his worst years at the plate in 2012. Photo by: Keith Allison / Flickr

When Alex Rodriguez was traded by the Texas Rangers about eight years ago, I wasn’t surprised one bit that the New York Yankees were the team to pick up the most expensive price tag in baseball history.

The Yankees are known for spending big cash for premiere players. It’s no secret. However, usually those high-dollar investments yield tons in return. Players know they must earn their paycheck, especially when it has so many zeros in it. So did A-Rod live up to the hype when he put on the pinstripes? Did the Yankees actually get $112 million back in terms of production from the guy who many of us thought would end up as the best baseball player who ever walked?

Rodriguez did earn two MVP awards and helped New York win a World Series ring during his time in pinstripes, which one could argue is worth such a financial gamble. But there’s no doubt A-Rod came with some headaches, too. There was the opt out controversy of 2007, several injuries, unwanted off field publicity, and of course, steroids. While Rodriguez has always played a major part in the Yankees success since he was traded to New York in 2004, like any other “superstar” athlete, his baggage was heavy.

So the end of the A-Rod era may be coming to a close, especially since Rodriguez has been benched and had many fingers pointed at him this offseason. It seems the 12-time All-Star’s skills are depleting and New York isn’t even sure if they would like him in pinstripes next year. And before the playoffs have even ended, trade rumors are starting to come up about how he could be dealt to the Miami Marlins. Yanks General Manager Brian Cashman has written such claims off, but team President Randy Levine has been quoted telling Marlins President Jeffrey Loria that “you can have him.” 

Loria has more or less let it be known that he has high interest in Rodriguez coming to Miami. After all, it’s the city where super-hyped athletes go to prove something like LeBron James did when he joined the Miami Heat. However, Rodriguez has said he would to end his career as a Yankee. The question now is, do the Yankees want him to?

New York would be crazy not to go in another direction. It’s obvious Rodriguez is somewhat washed up. Yes, he can still produce, but that production is not even close to what it used to be. And yes, I might be being hard on a player who is well past his prime at the veteran’s age of 37, yet that should be just another reason why the Yankees need to give Rodriguez the boot. And to think the Marlins would actually be able to get a lot out of a 37-year-old third baseman is just plain whacky.

I honestly think the Marlins are crazy enough to pull off some sort of deal to land Rodriguez. But it would make more sense for A-Rod to go to a team that can actually use him. New York may just use him as a Designated Hitter next year and that will be that. Who knows when it comes to such a overly hyped player? The facts are right there in front of everyone’s eyes, though. A-Rod isn’t a feared hitter anymore; his stats have plummeted; and the only thing he is good for is grabbing a headline from time to time.

The Yankees need to forget about the A-Rod era. It’s seriously time to move on and it’s time to forget about what once was. The Yankees don’t owe Rodriguez anything. And if they think they do, they’re just as bonkers as whatever team ends up with this fading star.

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