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Ok. Give me the argument for A-Rod signing with your team here.

I think he goes to the Dodgers or Angels for the proximity to L.A. Where else can you go after living in NYC?

San Francisco is going to need something to replace the drawing power of Barry Bonds. There is a large hispanic population in CA. They can probably afford him as well.

I can't see any way that the Padres can sign him, so I'm not going to try to give a reason why he would sign with them.



(edited by Guru Zim on 30.10.07 0938)



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As a Yankees fan, somehow I don't see it happening.



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The Cardinals are not going to sign A-Rod because, despite their friendly relationship with Scott Boras, they won't spend that much money on one player. And they shouldn't. Resigning an older David Eckstein for pennies compared to A-Rod would make far more sense, even if he's not in the same universe offensively. If nothing else, Brendan Ryan could fit in at short if they keep heading towards the youth movement that everyone hopes they do.



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.46
OK,

A-Rod will sign with the Blue Jays because...

1> He doesn't want to have to face Roy Halladay ever again...

2> He wants to be a part of the potent Blue Jay lineup with Rios, Wells, Overbay, etc....

3> The Canadian dollar is now worth more than the U.S. dollar

4> Anyone remember this...

http://www.nypost.com/seven/05302007/news/regionalnews/hes_a_yankee_doodle_randy_regionalnews_dan_mangan.htm

Do I need more???
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Bwahhahahahahahahaha, it will never happen, but...

(edited by haz on 30.10.07 1322)


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I just can't see him signing with any team that has any type of binding payroll constraint. So, that would leave the Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, and Angels as the only real option. Maybe the Dodgers have an outside shot as well. Regardless, he's going to go to whichever team cuts him the biggest check, get a sizeable raise, and be worth every penny.

Idle thought...I hope Tom Hicks and the Rangers give him a call, offer him $250 million again, except over only 5 years.



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Not exactly "my" team, but I think the Cubs have to be a good fit for A-Rod:

1) He gets to play for Pinella again.

2) Third largest market, & while not NY still a lot of visibility.

3) Gets to play SS again, which is what I think was the REAL reason he wanted out of NY. He never seemed comfortable playing 3rd.

4) He has nothing to lose historically. If they lose, then it's the Cubs continuing to lose. If by some miracle A-Rod brings a championship to the Cubs (or any team A-Rod goes to for that matter) then he will be hailed as a savior.

Makes sense on the surface...
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I know it looks like a glamorous fit, but here is why A-Rod will NOT sign with the Angels.

Owner Arte Moreno has gone on record and said it is a bad idea to devote a huge chunk of the payroll to a single player, even if it is A-Rod. With more than half of the starting roster coming up from the Angels' farm system, if A-Rod gets the mother of all contracts, there would be no way to re-sign any of these guys without completely breaking the salary cap bank. Give A-Rod his $30-35M a year and there's no way they'd be able to re-sign Howie Kendrick, Casey Kotchman, Jered Weaver, Francisco Rodriguez, Reggie Willits, Joe Saunders, etc. whenever their time comes. Even letting Chone Figgins go would be a huge mistake, considering he came on HUGE in the second-half (he underperformed in the first half due to injury) and consistently leads the league in stolen bases, a stat Mike Scioscia absolutely loves. Most importantly of all, though, is the fact that Vladimir Guerrero is about to start the final year of his 5-year deal. Blow the wad on A-Rod and kiss Vlad goodbye. Vlad is every bit the player A-Rod is (right down to the October slump...sigh...), but chances are he can be signed for much cheaper than A-Rod.

Unless Moreno has a huge change of heart, I don't see A-Rod coming to my team. It's more likely we'll end up with...shudder...Barry Bonds.

But better yet, the front office is likely looking at the bigger picture. I would bet the house that the front office has their eye keenly on Minnesota. If the Johan Santana situation deteriorates more than it has and he ends up becoming a free agent in a couple of years, I can see Anaheim giving HIM a humongous contract. And considering Santana's record in October is far better than A-Rod (with the exception of Santana uncharacteristically losing at home in 2006 in the first round), it's easy to see why he'd be the better investment.

EDIT: Yankee fans may not have to worry long about replacing A-Rod. Dan Le Batard revealed at the end of today's PTI that the Yanks could have their eye on Florida's Miguel Cabrera.

(edited by It's False on 30.10.07 1524)


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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.52
    Originally posted by Von Maestro
    Not exactly "my" team, but I think the Cubs have to be a good fit for A-Rod:

    1) He gets to play for Pinella again.

    2) Third largest market, & while not NY still a lot of visibility.

    3) Gets to play SS again, which is what I think was the REAL reason he wanted out of NY. He never seemed comfortable playing 3rd.

    4) He has nothing to lose historically. If they lose, then it's the Cubs continuing to lose. If by some miracle A-Rod brings a championship to the Cubs (or any team A-Rod goes to for that matter) then he will be hailed as a savior.

    Makes sense on the surface...


As a Cub fan, I have to add:

Your reasoning is sound, although I am not sure if he can play SS without dropping some bulk. We could always trade Ramirez to the Yanks for Cano?

The biggest issue is we do not have an owner to ok the big check that will have to be written. From what I am seeing the ownership issue won't be resolved for some time (probably into next season)
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A-Rod will NOT be signing with the Indians because they will be too busy trying to lock up CC to an extension.




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He has already done his time here in Dallas with the Rangers, so I really would be surprised to see him return. And he really didn't help the Rangers much, but then what would?

As for him reaching out to the Hispanic community, that really didn't happen while he was around here. In fact, the rumor was that he was reluctant to help with personally promoting the team in any fashion. But that could have been because he didn't like the area.





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I hope the Red Sox don't take the bait and go after him. Just wouldn't be a good fit. Teams that make the most sense are the Angels followed by the Giants. Giants dumped a big salary at the end of the season and are going to need a big name to sell seats at the ballpark, plus the pressure won't be that great. If the Angels had A-Rod and Vlad for a season with their pitching staff, they would be very dangerous. With Vlad's body starting to break down a bit, I'd be concerned about going long-term with him after next season. Who knows what happens with the new ownership in Cubbieland, do the White Sox decide they need to do something major to regain their momentum, or do the Dodgers decide to go all-out to become a major player in the game again, as they haven't won a post-season game in 20 years. And now, the real wacky team to throw into the mix: Washington. New stadium, build around A-Rod and completely take the region away from the inept Orioles.
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Seattle: Personally, I wouldn't be opposed to adding him to the M's, but it'll never happen. Been there, done that.



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His salary would be paid by any team, simply by using their "luxury tax" money that the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers Cardinals and a few other teams pay out.

Simply put, he goes to either Chicago to be with Sweet Lou (plus, he'd hit 80 homers a year playing in Wrigley), or he goes to St Louis. They have the finaces, they have the need for a 3rd baseman Rolen is pretty much shot physically.

As long as the yankees stay true to their word and don't pursue him, I dont care. They need to drop that money into QUALITY pitching.
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    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    His salary would be paid by any team, simply by using their "luxury tax" money that the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers Cardinals and a few other teams pay out.

    Simply put, he goes to either Chicago to be with Sweet Lou (plus, he'd hit 80 homers a year playing in Wrigley), or he goes to St Louis. They have the finaces, they have the need for a 3rd baseman Rolen is pretty much shot physically.

    As long as the yankees stay true to their word and don't pursue him, I dont care. They need to drop that money into QUALITY pitching.


The Cardinals are already committed to $99 million this year, and that's before finding a backup catcher, starting pitcher (if not several) and possibly an outfielder. And a shortstop, if they were to keep A-Rod at third. Given that Dewitt desires Antonetti/Mozeliak keep the payroll to $110-$115, there's really not room.

Contrary to popular belief, the Cardinals are not rich in MLB terms. Their media market warrants them far less bling than their large market competition. The most recent study I Googled quickly (Baseball Prospectus, December 2001) had them at just under $12 million, with half of baseball raking in more. Dollars have gone up in the last six years of course, and with their recent success the Cardinals probably rose up the ranks in media rights (owning KTRS doesn't hurt, either, since they can bill directly rather than negotiate rights, but that stick's a cesspool that deserves to be dynamited, so who knows if there's debt there or not.) But they're still not up there with the big boys, not in this small of a market.

As for the luxury tax, the Cardinals have never paid. In fact, I believe only the Yanks and BoSox have ever paid out, unless the Mets invaded that territory last year. The Cardinals, not being at the bottom of the league, haven't benefited either.

(edited by PeterStork on 31.10.07 1720)


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    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    Ok. Give me the argument for A-Rod signing with your team here.


He will sign with the Expos because...

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Mets or Cubs.



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    Originally posted by whatever
    A-Rod will NOT be signing with the Indians because they will be too busy trying to lock up CC to an extension.


As an Indians fan since the eraly 1960s, I would root for the Yankees if they signed him. The cost would destroy the team. Maybe no one will take a flyer on him for what he wants.



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It will be the Mets. Minaya has a severe man crush on ARod and was not around when the Lets missed out on him last time. He has already mentioned he will talk to David Wright and I assume Wright, being the team player he is, will OK a move to first base. This will then free them up to trade Delgado to a AL team as a DH/1B.

Of course, knowing Minaya, he will probably sell ARod on playing shortstop and then move Reyes to Minnesota for Santana.

Either way, unless ARod is absolutely opposed to staying in NY, he will be here. Plus the lure of bringing a WS to the Mets and NY and sticking to the Yankees would make it even better.



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The Tigers will NOT sign A-Rod because:

-It would cripple payroll, and right now we need relief pitching waaay more than a power third baseman.

-He'd be a third baseman because we just locked up shortstop with a trade. We're not going to void the net result of that trade to accommodate A-Rod if going back to short is his wish.

-In my opinion, he wouldn't be any more accepted in Detroit than he was in NY. Detroit has an issue with huge ego superstars.

My vote goes to the Dodgers or Cubs.
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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.73
    Originally posted by BoromirMark
    In my opinion, he wouldn't be any more accepted in Detroit than he was in NY. Detroit has an issue with huge ego superstars.

This doesn't make any sense. When he does well, he gets cheered, and when he does poorly he gets booed. It was that way in Dallas and New York and will be that way wherever A-Rod ends up. Sure, he'll get more criticism than other superstars when he slumps or struggles, but that would be no different anywhere.

Besides, when it comes to huge ego superstars, Gary Sheffield ranks up there with anyone. For my money, I think Sheffield's worse. And, he gets on fine in Detroit.



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