The New York Yankees are coming off a rough postseason where all of their main hitters went cold and the team was swept out of the American League Championship Series. While the slump was team-wide, much of the blame fell on Alex Rodriguez, who finished the playoffs 3-for-25 with a .120 batting average.
Considering how much A-Rod has been making with the Yankees, itâ€™s fair to say that heâ€™s been a lightning bolt for criticism. The problem is that at one point in time, he played like an MVP and was one of the leagueâ€™s special players. Nowadays, heâ€™s 37-years-old and has hit less than 20 home runs in each of the last two seasons. Thatâ€™s low for him considering youâ€™d have to go back to 1997 to find a year where he hit less than 30. Heâ€™s still paid like an MVP but heâ€™s not playing like one.
Heâ€™s owed a whopping $114 million over the next five seasons but would the Dodgers be interested if they got him at a discount? There are only a handful of teams in baseball that can afford to take him on and the Dodgers have already shown a propensity to take on big contracts. A-Rod would just be one more.
Heâ€™d fit well into the infield and there wouldnâ€™t be nearly as much heat, pressure and spotlight on him in Los Angeles as there is in New York. Heâ€™d also just be one of the guys in a lineup that is already filled with star batters like Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez and Matt Kemp.
MLB odds makers are listing the Dodgers and their cross-town rivals, the Angels, as the favorites to land A-Rod if heâ€™s traded. The Yankees would have to severely discount the contract â€“ maybe throwing in about $75 million â€“ just to make it palatable. Even so, if the Dodgers can get A-Rod at about $8 million per season, it might be worth the risk. Heâ€™s got pedigree, experience and rings. That would definitely boost the team as long as the price is right.