In what could be the surprise of the offseason, the Miami Marlins have traded Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio, and John Buck to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for a multitude of young talent. In the process, not only do the Marlins rid themselves of tons of talent – they get rid of a lot of payroll.
The sudden reduction of talent that got Marlins fans excited for a change must leave them both bitter and angry with the Marlins’ staff. It seems that the only star player that the Marlins have now is Giancarlo Stanton. Although he is a very fun player to watch, he will not bring many fans into the ballpark on a day-to-day basis. However with all these factors coming together, it begs the question: Are the Marlins going to go after Alex Rodriguez?
If you were to ask New York Yankees‘ GM Brian Cashman, he would give you a simple “no” for an answer. Cashman foresees A-Rod being the starting third basemen for the Yankees in 2013 and in many years to come. Cashman has also denied having discussions with any team about the former three time MVP.
However, Alex Rodriguez has been connected to the Marlins already in the off-season when a report from Keith Olbermann stated that the Yankees and Marlins were at least talking. Yankees President Randy Levine quickly dissolved those rumors. Alex Rodriguez also has a no-trade clause in his contract, but if there were any team that he would accept a trade to – it would most likely be Miami.
In fact, when the Yankees and Marlins played each other in pre-season exhibition games at the Marlins’ new stadium, Rodriguez expressed his pleasure with the atmosphere down in Miami. Miami is his hometown, so there would be no better place for him.
Although not the superstar he once was, Rodriguez is exactly the player that the Marlins need right now. He provides significant name value that will no doubt bring fans into the Marlins’ brand new stadium. While the Yankees would still have to eat up some of A-Rod’s contract, the fact that the Marlins now have some money to spend makes things a bit easier.
Also sometimes a change in scenery is needed for a player. Alex Rodriguez is constantly berated by the New York media, and moving to a lower market like Miami could lessen some of the pressure put on him, thus making him a star once again.
Is it likely that the Yankees trade Alex Rodriguez over to the Marlins? Most certainly not. However, stranger trades have happened – and we saw one tonight.
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