Alex Rodriguez is arguably the most controversial person in sports. People either love him or hate him. Mega contracts and steroid scandals are what comes to mind when most think of A-Rod, but what is often overshadowed is how good of a baseball player he really is.
Over the course of 20 seasons, Rodriguez has hit 654 HR and 1969 RBI while recording a .299 batting average. I know there are going to be people who dispute those statistics because of the steroid allegations that have plagued his career, but the fact of the matter is that Rodriguez is one of the most dominant players this game has ever seen. A two-time American League MVP, A-Rod has averaged 41 HR and 124 RBI a season throughout his career. Not to mention that he changed positions at the pinnacle of his dominance.
Despite what anybody has to say about the kind of person he is because of his off the field issues, there is no denying that Rodriguez is a stellar baseball player. If able to play in 2014, A-Rod would significantly improve the New York Yankees in the field and at the plate. The only reason his numbers have declined over the past few seasons is injuries. It is absolutely ludicrous to think that he simply lost the ability to play. When healthy, Rodriguez can still produce at a high level, as was shown towards the end of last season.
Because the Yankees failed to sign any significant infielders during this offseason, Rodriguez’s return is that much more important. He serves as a reliable glove in the field and an extremely dangerous bat in the middle of the lineup. The Yankees are a good team without A-Rod, but could be a great team with him.