As I’ve written on this site before, I am actually pretty positive on Alex Rodriguez, feeling that the pros of having the best offfensive player in the world outweigh the cons of having to call a douchebag your teammate. So reading Nick’s fun post about how the Mets are the most likely destination for A-Rod should make me all warm and fuzzy inside, shouldn’t it? Because on paper, I agree with him. There obviously aren’t many teams who can take on his contract so the Mets are already on a very short list of potential suitors. Add to that the unlikelihood that the Yankees would risk losing face after stating point blank that they will not bid on him in the open market, and the negative press that the Red Sox would receive if they were to show fan-favorite Mike Lowell the door after winning the World Series MVP, the list dwindles even more.

So why would it be a bad idea if the Mets went after Alex Rodriguez, knowing full well that they have a leg-up on signing him?

Well, where would they put him defensively? And what would this mean to a team that’s supposedly built around their two young stars – third-baseman David Wright and shortstop Jose Reyes? Let’s break it down:


2007 was not a good defensive year for Alex Rodriguez. His fielding percentage (.965) wasn’t terrible, but his Revised Zone Rating (RZR) puts him at the bottom third at the hot corner. He can get away with these numbers if he remains a third baseman for a couple more years, but I’m already bracing myself to laugh at any columnist who thinks that A-Rod can play shortstop anymore. In my view, SS is the toughest position to play defensively aside from centerfield. With the abundance of right-handed hitters in MLB, this position requires the ability to cover far too much ground far too often for a guy like A-Rod. Yes, once upon a time, he was among the better defensive shortstops. But this was four full seasons and what looks like 50lbs ago (yes, I’m exaggerating probably).  Moreover, if you look at his Revised Zone Ratings for the past four years, those numbers have been going south annually. I simply cannot see Alex Rodriguez as a shortstop anymore. So the idea of moving the superior defensive skills of Jose Reyes to 2nd base (remember, the Mets tried this before when Kaz Mastui came to the States and failed miserably) seems simply out of the question.


Even for me as a Met fan, I think that the PR-push that both David Wright and Jose Reyes received was a bit much, so I can only imagine how the rest of the country felt. But the fact remains – these two young players are supposed to be the faces of the franchise. The Mets have a collection of veterans who aren’t as easy to market due to their quiet demeanors (see Beltran, Carlos; Delgado, Carlos; and Alou, Moises) and thus are banking on Wright and Reyes to fill those roles. So what would this mean if A-Rod were to join them in Queens?

Back in spring training, Wright volunteered to move to 2nd base if A-Rod were Flushing-bound. And he received a good amount of criticism for this, prompting one team veteran to say “”(Wright’s) the guy we need to be the leader here, not A-Rod.”

Touche. And I agree. The Mets offense does not need Alex Rodriguez, and the Mets front office does not need to concentrate on scoring more runs. What they do need to think about is how to replace Tom Glavine and add to their bullpen despite a free agency pool that lacks any reliable arms. They also will probably need to find trade partners to obtain a catcher and a second-baseman. Wasting their time listening to Scott Boras is no way to get any of this done.

32 Responses to “Why Alex Rodriguez Won’t Be a Met”

  1. Paul Moro says:

    And Sarah, yes, I’m tiny. I am easier to store than an AbFlex.

  2. Coley Ward says:

    Paul, I’m just saying that if the Mets are going to spend $200-$400 million on A-Rod, spending an extra $7 million to make room for him on the roster isn’t that big of a deal.

    The Phillies ate way more of Jim Thome’s salary to make room for Ryan Howard. Of course, the difference is that Ryan Howard makes almost no money. I’m just saying, teams pay money to get rid of guys all the time. And there’s no better reason to get rid of a player than the chance to get A-Rod.

  3. Sarah Green says:

    Coley, by your logic, you’d love to see A-Rod on the Phillies next year. Is this indeed so??

  4. You’re right! A-Rod will not become a Met. He’s more likely to be seen in a Red Sox, Cubs, Giants or Angels uniform next season.

  5. Just a big UmpBump love fest over here, huh?

    Let me weigh in on this, if I may. Let’s put forth two givens: 1) A-Rod’s offense can play anywhere, even 10 years from now, when he’ll be playing first base or something. 2) His defense is limited to 3B and worse. Maybe he could play 2B, but that’s not a given.

    Why not, having those two premises, could the Mets not find a place for A-Rod? Wright moves to second base for two-three years for A-Rod. A-Rod then moves to LF, and Wright moves back to third. At the end of the contract, A-Rod plays first base.

    You got a problem with that?

  6. A-Rod has always wanted to be a Met, so let him be a Met. Move Wright first–he can’t throw anyway.

  7. Sarah Green says:

    Coping and Blastings, I swear I read this article this morning but now I can’t find it (argh argh!). In spring training, when asked about the possibility of the Mets getting A-Rod and moving Wright across the diamond, an unnamed Met actually said something like, “We don’t need A-Rod’s leadership on this team. We need Wright’s leadership on this team.” Now, players don’t get to make personnel decisions, obviously, but if A-Rod wants to be a Met he may have a lot of work to do to win over the guys already in that clubhouse. Displacing Wright—whatever the caliber of his arm—would make that even harder.

  8. Paul Moro says:

    Sarah, I actually quoted and linked to that article in this post…

  9. The players can deal. Wait, A-Rod’s really an American. Can he speak Spanish?

    That’s a big deal.

  10. Sarah, I would love to see A-Rod’s numbers come to town. But he would never survive in Philly. They radio talk show hosts would eat him alive.

    Then again, playing in the Shitizen, he could hit anywhere from 50-50 million homers.

  11. Sarah Green says:

    Aha, Paul! I *knew* I’d read it somewhere! Wow, all of this winning and no sleep really has addled my brain. I’m high on baseball!

  12. I think the market is much more dry then people realize when it comes to ARod. As a Met fan, I’d offer him 6 years, $192 mil guaranteed (32 mil per), with Year 7 and 8 options at 26 mil or 8 mil buyouts (bringing the guaranteed money to 200 mil or 33.3 mil per, and Year 9 and 10 options at 22 mil per, or 6.5 mil buyouts. That would bring the total value of the deal to 10 years, $288 mil. You can throw in 1.5 mil MVP clauses for the league, and each playoff round. 1.5 mil GG clauses, other stuff like that. 1.5 mil for reaching 600 PAs in years 6-10.

    And I’d sign him with the express purpose of putting him at 2b.

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