Cashman: No plans to trade A-Rod

Not to put a damper on your New York media driven visions of the Yankees running Alex Rodriguez out of town on a rail, but general manager Brian Cashman said flatly on Friday that the Yankees have no plans to trade A-Rod this offseason. “No, I’m not,” Cashman said when asked if he was talking to other teams about trading for his third baseman.

Of course, stories like this are true right up until the point at which they’re not, and the idea that the Yankees won’t even kick the tires to see if any other teams are interested in eating a portion of the money the Yankees still owe A-Rod would border on GM malpractice. The problem is that the Yankees aren’t likely to find any takers who want to return anything of value for A-Rod, either in players or salary relief, right now, so they would essentially have to give him away before finding someone else to take over his position. Considering that A-Rod was a ~4.0 win player from 2009-11, that would be a very short sighted thing to do right now, especially with ownership’s austerity directive looming larger than ever before. If Cashman doesn’t have the money to keep Nick Swisher in right field, how can he pay for two third basemen?

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

8 thoughts on “Cashman: No plans to trade A-Rod

  1. steve

    That's because they plan to release him *wishful thinking*

    • NYsteve

      Why would that be "wishful thinking?" If they release him they still have to pay him. Say what you want about A-Rod but he is still an above average hitter and plays a solid 3B for the most part. The only way he is going anywhere is if the front office decides that they MUST get rid of him at any cost, like they did with AJ Burnett last offseason. I don't see that happening, there just aren't that many appealing options available to plug in short-term or long term. They would REALLY have to get creative and dump him for salary relief and a few mid-level prospects and then trade those prospects and cash for a Chase Headley type player. If they could somehow find someone willing to take on at least $8M-$10M per year of his contract then maybe go after Scott Rolen as a stop gag until they see how Tyler Austin does in AA next year.

  2. Dave

    Has it ever been clarified if a team trades a player, agreeing to pay some of his salary, is the team on the hook luxury-tax wise for the amount they agree to pay? Say the Marlins agree to pay half A-Rod's salary (just for example!) would the Yanks' half of his salary hit the luxury tax threshold?

  3. brad

    if you release a player, does that count toward luxury tax?

  4. Zipper

    The saving grace for A-Rod is that he plays 3rd base.

    Even as an average player with a .354 On base an a .786 OPS, he's still in the upper third of third basemen in those categories and defends the position well. He's not worth anything close to his salary, but that's a sunk cost. The Yankees are paying it whether they keep, trade, or release him and won't be able to upgrade the position this off-season.

  5. brian

    Exactly… keep arod around and have him play 100 games a year at third base, 35 at dh… sit out 27

    People may say thats too much at third base… i disagree, five years left worst thing u could do is have him settle for dhing already… then if he is a dh and starts struggling against rhp what do u do?

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