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MLB Rumors: Five Places Alex Rodriguez Could Land

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Places A-Rod May End Up

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The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE

With free agency beginning, rumors are going to be flying everywhere about where free agents will go. There is one player though who isn’t even a free agent that will garner a ton of attention in New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. It was obvious from the postseason that A-Rod had that he needs a change of scenery and must get out of New York entirely.

Yes, Yankees management and A-Rod himself have said time and time again that there is no way that a trade will happen and that A-Rod now has a chip on his shoulder for the 2013 season. The problem is that while A-Rod may have a chip on his shoulder, that doesn’t mean that staying in the Big Apple is the best option for him. Everyone saw A-Rod on the bench in the postseason seemingly not interested in the game and more interested in the ladies in the stands.

I propose five teams that could use A-Rod’s services, some may seem more likely than others but any one of these five teams would be a better place at this time for A-Rod. It’s going to be a long offseason no matter what for the aging superstar who may have one last big run left in him if he is traded to the right team in the right situation with the right fan base behind him to support his every move just because of name value. Here are my five options for places to ship A-Rod off to before the 2013 season begins.

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5. Chicago Cubs

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Jennifer Hilderbrand-US PRESSWIRE

This one may seem out of left field with the way Cubs management has been talking with their plans on rebuilding the organization. A-Rod’s contract is a lofty one with five years left so why not stick him there at third base with no other better option for the Cubs and see what he can do especially on days when the wind is blowing out in Wrigleyville. The Cubs could send any number of prospects there with Josh Vitters being an option but Cubs fans would dread the chance Vitters becomes a superstar after being traded. It sounds unlikely but would get the fans something to cheer about after a 101-loss season.

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4. Chicago White Sox

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Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

On the other side of Chicago, the White Sox are in desperate need of a third baseman after declining the option for Kevin Youkilis. This would be a move to stir up more fan support on the South Side with fans not showing up for games even with a competitive product on the field. A move like this would definitely take attention away from their crosstown rivals and could start to draw the fans back to U.S. Cellular Field. I’m sure new GM Rick Hahn is looking at all the options for the team and A-Rod would be a very attractive piece to the puzzle.

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3. Los Angeles Dodgers

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Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

The Dodgers are proving to be the big money location to be on the West Coast and are attempting to build a Yankee-like dynasty again. The team started the 2012 season with Juan Uribe at third base and has made a ton of moves since then including Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Shane Victorino. It is obvious for this trade to work that one of the outfielders would have to be moved with that position already crowded. Would the Dodgers consider trading Andre Ethier to New York to get A-Rod? That would almost be the best plan of action for this to work.

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2. Pittsburgh Pirates

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Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

How about a team on the rise that could use a superstar to push them over the top? The Pirates have come out with hot starts the last two seasons before faltering down the stretch and could use a jolt somewhere to maybe make the next step. The third base position is taken right now in Pittsburgh so why not move A-Rod back to his normal shortstop spot and put him in the cleanup spot right after Andrew McCutchen. Pittsburgh may find a way to get back to the playoffs for the first time in over 20 years or even just over the .500 mark with that move.

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1. Miami Marlins

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Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

This is the most obvious option out there with A-Rod living in Miami. The Marlins have been rebuilding and just opened their new ballpark this past season which seemed empty by the end of the 2012 campaign. Could you imagine a left side of the infield that had Jose Reyes and A-Rod anchoring it? I can see that and with the other young talent that Miami possesses, it is a definite possibility. The fan base would have something to come out to see, ownership would be happy to see a full ballpark and while A-Rod may be waning, a lineup with him and Giancarlo Stanton sounds like a power to be reckoned with in the National League for a couple years.