The New York Yankees season is over but the damage to be done is still forthcoming. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told ESPN New York’s Ian O’Connor on his show on ESPN 98.7 FM that third baseman Alex Rodriguez is no longer a superstar but a trade getting done during the off-season is unrealistic.
Cashman told O’Connor that he still thinks Rodriguez is an “above-average” third baseman. This means the team is more than likely to commit to Rodriguez. However, Cashman said that if a team is willing to call the team to make an offer, he is willing to hear it about not just Rodriguez but any player on the team.
Rodriguez has been pin pointed as the face of the struggling Yankees that captured all of the media’s postseason headlines. However, it was not Rodriguez alone that struggled. It was him combined with the likes of Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson that all had troubles against the Baltimore Orioles and the Detroit Tigers.
Rodriguez has been the only one of the aforementioned group of people that has been linked to trade rumors. Early last week, he was linked to a possible trade with the Miami Marlins in-exchange for Heath Bell and Mark Buehrle. Bell was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday ending the speculation there.
Any trade for the Yankees to make involving Rodriguez will be incredibly difficult given that he still has five years and $114 million remaining on the his contract and he is 37-years-old. Going after Rodriguez would be a high risk.
Rodriguez batted .272/.353/.430 with 18 homers and 57 RBI in the regular season and he was 3-for-25 with 12 strikeouts in the postseason.
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