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Alex Rodriguez- To Trade or Not To Trade?
By mvyb, 16.10.2006, 22:07

 
On February 16, 2004, the New York Yankees landed Alex Rodriguez in a blockbuster deal with the Texas Rangers. The Red Sox had been the front-runners in the race to sign A-Rod, but just as it seemed they had reeled him in, the Bombers snatched him away.
                                       
George Steinbrenner on signing Alex Rodriguez:
"This is a great day for the New York Yankees and for the City of New York. In acquiring Alex Rodriguez, we are bringing to New York one of the premiere players in the history of the game. But, as I have always said, the way New Yorkers back us, we have to produce for them. The Yankees are in the toughest division in Baseball and now, with the team we have assembled, we have to go out and produce on the field."
 
Joe Torre on Alex Rodriguez
"It's tough to come up with the words to describe how you feel when a player of Alex' ability and class is so suddenly in your lineup. I know that the fans of New York are going to love having him here on an everyday basis. I couldn't be happier."
 
How weird these comments sound three years later... A-Rod has seen no love from the New York fans, and has been the  scapegoat for every failure the team has had.
 
And it's not like he's played that poorly in New York...
 
2004
Home Runs 36
RBI 106
Runs 112
Batting Average .286
Stolen Bases 28
 
Ok, this wasn't his best year, but a lot of players would beg to have these numbers each year.
 
2005
Home Runs 48
RBI 130
Runs 124
Batting Average .321
Stolen Bases 21
 
Most. Valuable. Player.
 
2006
Home Runs 35
RBI 121
Runs 113
Batting Average .290
Stolen Bases 15
 
Again, decent numbers. Very decent numbers.
 
Alex Rodriguez has not had ONE bad offensive year as a Yankee!!!  
 
So if A-Rod's been so good, why do Yankee fans want him gone?
 
Supposedly, it's his postseason performance...
 
2004 Postseason
Matsui .353 BA, 3HR, 13RBI
Rodriguez .320 BA, 3HR, 8RBI
 Williams .296, 3 HR, 13 RBI
 Sheffield .291, 2 HR, 7 RBI
 Sierra .272, HR, 5 RBI
 Cairo .256, 4 2B, 7 R
 Jeter .245, HR, 9 RBI
 Posada  .244, 2 RBI, 6 R
 Clark  .136, RBI
 Olereud  .115, HR, 2 RBI
 Lofton  .071 BA, H
 
Yeah, logical argument....
 
2005 Postseason
 Giambi .421 BA, R, 2 RBI
 Jeter .333 BA, 2 HR, 3 RBI
 Sheffield .286 BA, R, 2 RBI
 Cano .263 BA, 5 RBI
 Posada .231 BA, HR, 2 RBI
 Williams .211 BA, RBI
Matsui .200 BA, HR, RBI
Rodriguez .133 BA, 2R, 6BB
Sierra 1 for 3
Martinez 0 for 8
 
Besides Jeter, no one had a good postseason. But you don't hear fans railing against Matsui, Williams, or Posada- each who played just as poorly as Alex in the ALDS.
 
2006 Postseason
 Posada .500 BA, 2 HR, 2RBI
 Jeter .500 BA, HR, RBI
 Abreu .333 BA, 4 RBI
 Matsui .250 BA, RBI
 Damon .235 BA, HR, 3 RBI
 Cano .133 BA, 2H
 Giambi .125 BA, HR, 2 RBI
 Sheffield .083 BA, H, RBI
 Rodriguez .071 BA, H
Cabrera 0-3
Williams 0-3
 
Again, no one had a good postseason! Cano only had 2 hits! Giambi, Sheffield, and A-Rod only had 1 hit a-piece!
 
What's happened to A-Rod over the past two Octobers? He's run into good pitching. The ENTIRE team has. Alex isn't the only one to struggle against the Angels and Tigers, and therefore, it is unfair to blame him for the Yankee failures!
 
In Conclusion:
 
Alex Rodriguez has had three very good offensive years as a Yankee. He played very well in the '04 postseason, but struggled, along with the rest of the team, in the '05 and '06 postseasons.
 
You want to trade A-Rod? Fine. But it makes as much sense as trading away Matsui, Posada, Cano, Cabrera, or Giambi.

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