Boy, talk about a disturbance in the Force:
In an offseason when a flurry of high-profile players switched teams, the Yankees early today were on the verge of making the biggest splash of all.
Barring a last-minute snag, industry sources said the Yankees would acquire [Alex] Rodriguez, the 2003 American League Most Valuable Player, for second baseman Alfonso Soriano and another player.
The trade comes just weeks after a proposed deal that would have sent Rodriguez to the Boston Red Sox fell apart and at a time when he'd seemingly resigned himself to another losing season in Arlington.
Just as a reminder to everyone, trading A-Rod, even for a good young player like Alfonso Soriano, will not help make the Rangers more competitive. This is because A-Rod's salary was not what was preventing them from being competitive in the first place. The Rangers' problem was mostly that they spent a ton of money on players who weren't worth it, and they have consistently failed to grasp this. If their problem was A-Rod's salary, they'd take the money they'll be saving (about $10 million after you factor in Soriano's salary and the portion of his deal that they'll cover for the Yankees) and use it to upgrade other positions on the team. Since they won't be doing that - and you can carve that in stone - this is nothing but a salary dump.
Tom Hicks is quickly cementing a reputation as the dumbest owner in Major League Baseball, and this would finalize it. Back in the early 80s, the NBA passed a rule which required league approval if the Cleveland Cavaliers wanted to trade a first round draft pick, thanks to the amazingly inept bungling of then-owner Ted Slepien, whose finest moment turned James Worthy into Butch Lee and Chad Kinch. Maybe it's time MLB considered a similar intervention in Arlington.Posted by Charles Kuffner on February 15, 2004 to Baseball | TrackBack