Well, would it?
Let’s hit the books here and lay out the facts:
5 years, $114 million: That’s what’s left on Rodriguez’s massive deal. It’s the remaining 5 years on a 7 year, $275 million dollar deal, the largest in North American professional sports history by over $20 million dollars.
$30 million: The amount in performance bonuses A-Rod could acquire if he hits certain home run milestones, from 660 (passing Willie Mays) to 763 (passing Barry Bonds). All in all, his contract could amount to a staggering $300 million.
647: A-Rod’s current home run total, good for fifth in league history.
37: A-Rod’s age as of the 2012 season.
42: A-Rod’s age at the end of this current contract–if Rodriguez had been 42 this year, he’d be the fifth oldest player in the league, behind Jamie Moyer (cut by the Rockies in February), Takashi Saito, Mariano Rivera (both out most of the year with injury) and Omar Vizquel (who retired in September). There’s little doubt that when Rodriguez hits the end of this deal, he’ll be one of the oldest players in the Majors.
.965, .933, .847, .823, .783: A-Rod’s declining OPS (on-base plus slugging) the past five seasons. Whether or not you understand sabermetrics, you’ll see that there’s little doubt the third baseman’s offensive excellence is declining significantly.
163: The number of games A-Rod has missed the previous two seasons. Essentially, he’s only stayed healthy for one campaign out of the two.
13: The number of hits A-Rod’s had the previous three postseasons, after his crushing 2009 playoff run in which he had 15 hits, six home runs and had 11 extra-base hits in 15 games. Since then, in 21 games, he’s only had 13 hits, 2 for extra bases and zero for home runs.
Everyone: The amount of Yankees fans that want him out of pinstripes by the year’s end.
Just A-Rod: The people who want to keep A-Rod in New York.
There’s little doubt that A-Rod’s second $200 million dollar deal (signed by the Yanks in 2007 at age 32 after he opted out of his original 10-year, $250 million dollar contract) was a gigantic mistake. However, at the time, Rodriguez had come off his third MVP season in five years with an impeccable record of health, never missing more than eight games since he became a free agent in 2000. The Yankees, as they do, had a very casual “spend now, worry later” attitude about the deal, not fully hit with the reality that like all aging baseball players, A-Rod’s late thirties wouldn’t be nearly as productive as his early-thirties.
Well, now we’re here. Rodriguez is coming off a postseason to remember, but for none of the reasons he’d want. In a career of ignominious playoff performances, A-Rod had one of his worst, smacking just three base-hits in 27 at-bats, all of them singles. The Yankees middle of the order threat had essentially played no better than an average National League pitcher at the plate, with at-bats so feeble (12 strikeouts in all) that manager Joe Girardi was forced to sit his $30 million dollar three-bagger. At the plate, A-Rod looked regularly overmatched, swinging wildly at breaking pitches and generally being made look silly against the likes of Anibal Sanchez and Miguel Gonzalez. The Yankees were bounced in their first sweep in nearly 40 years, though in A-Rod’s defense, it wasn’t just him that contributed to a historically bad Yankees offense.
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