Mariners Analysis

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

No chance A-Rod gets traded

While it would be good personally for A-Rod to get traded, there is no way he is anywhere other than in Yankee pinstripes next season. It is fun to speculate what it would take to get him, but it is just make-believe thinking. The only way Alex gets moved is if NY wants to move him, and Alex agrees to it. Plus, the list of teams he would agree to go would be small. A team like the Angels makes sense, but regardless it's not happening anyway, so why waste time on it?

For Alex to agree to a trade, he would have to admit that he cannot make it in the big city. Under the big lights. Remember when Alex took a swipe at Jeter when he said Derek never had to produce as "the man." According to A-Rod's theory, Jeter is protected in the lineup and doesn't have to worry about driving in runs and being the focal point of the offense. Do you really think Alex is now going to turn around and say "New York is just too much for me to handle. I'll go play for Kansas City instead..."

Of course not. Alex and NY are stuck with each other. The Yankees get an MVP player during the regular season, and something less in October. It won't be changing anytime soon.

As for Torre, it sounds like even the Yankees don't like he idea of giving away $7 million next year AND spending money for a new manager. It was obvious to me Torre did not do a good job getting his team ready to play against the Tigers. The players seemed to buy into the hype around the offense and were thoroughly outplayed in just about every facet of the game.

When the Yankees lost to Boston after taking the first three games, I never for a second blamed Torre. He put his players in position to win, and the players simply didn't get it done. When Rivera blew it against Arizona. Again, not Torre's fault. This year, I think Torre doesn't get a free pass. At what point does the manager matter if it's always up to the players? I think this year we really saw the case where a manager makes all the difference in the playoffs.

Regardless, tonights matchup should be fun. I think the Tigers take the series, in 7 games. I think the winner handles either team out of the NL. On one hand, I like to see Guillen do well for the Tigers. On the other, I like to see Beane stick it to his critics who never read Moneyball.

Either way, one of them will be wearing a world series ring next year. Looking forward to it.