2016 MLB Rumors: 5 Teams That Could Sign Alex Rodriguez
The New York Yankees and Alex Rodriguez the player are expected to end their time together by the weekend. The man known as A-Rod is expected to play on August 12th in what will be his final game in pinstripes and following the game he will officially be released from the team.
So Long, A-Rod?
The expectation is that from there, Rodriguez will stay on with the Yankees as a special adviser, where he would assist the team in a number of ways.
Since the announcement that Alex Rodriguez would be released, however, there has been growing suspicion that the 41-year old slugger may not be too keen on the idea of being forced into retirement.
In fact, upon his release, he may decide to keep playing. The odds still seem to favor Rodriguez hanging up his cleats for a full-time role with the Yankees, but considering the stellar 2015 season he enjoyed and some career milestones still being in sight, it’s worth wondering if he’d be willing to continue playing elsewhere.
— Baseball Tonight (@BBTN) August 11, 2016
Team Manager Joe Giradi’s odd handling of Alex Rodriguez during what figure to be his final days with the team could spurn A-Rod and send him to another team.
While it’s unknown what Alex Rodriguez is thinking or what he plans to do, it still remains possible that he could latch on with another club. Here are five teams that could make a good amount of sense for the star masher:
This is a homecoming, Miami is a playoff contender in the NL and there have even been “internal discussions” regarding A-Rod in the Marlins’ office.
— MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) August 11, 2016
It remains to be seen if the talk equates to a contract, plus not having a DH spot does hinder his potential role with the league change. Still, A-Rod offers upside against left-handed pitching, can still smack the deep ball and would be a fun marketing ploy as he chases 700 home runs.
New York Mets
Why not stay in New York and go after 700 homers? A-Rod could do that with the Mets, who still have a mild chance of sneaking into the playoffs if all goes well.
It’s true that A-Rod would have to dance around being just a pinch hitter most nights, but again, he provides power and an advantage against lefties. New York has also been ravaged by injuries, so as old as Rodriguez is, the mere potential of him bringing something positive to the table could make him worth the dive.
Tampa Bay Rays
Here’s an opportunity to stay inside the AL East, face the New York Yankees a few more times to exact some revenge and also chase the 700 homer milestone.
The Rays have nothing to lose here, either, as they steal a star player from an arch rival and put some more butts in the seats as a forgettable season draws to a merciful end.
Los Angeles Dodgers
L.A. could be one of the few title contenders to give A-Rod a hard look, albeit as nothing more than a hopefully quality pinch hitter.
Rodriguez’s days of playing an actual position are long gone and he’s not efficient enough to trust on a daily basis, but he does still give his team a boost against left-handed hitting and he can smack the ball deep. All of that is something the Dodgers could use, as they’ve been awful against lefties and their offense as a whole has been relatively lacking on the year.
A-Rod wouldn’t play every day, but he’d give a World Series contender some much-needed depth and could pop up at any moment during a playoff run.
Boston Red Sox
This would be the best move of all, as A-Rod would go to New York’s arch rivals and try to go win a World Series before calling it a career.
Boston has one of the best offenses in the league and really doesn’t need A-Rod, but he does give them an extra powerful bat and some insurance behind Big Papi.
Perhaps this is Boston giving A-Rod an up close and personal look for next year, too, when David Ortiz is schedule to retire. This move would make big waves and could be a very entertaining decision if the Red Six are feeling saucy.
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