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Should the Royals Acquire Alex Rodriguez?


Alex Rodriguez is not only suing Major League Baseball, but also the Major League Baseball Players Association.  Yes, he is taking his own union to federal court in order to overturn his 162 game suspension.  He feels his union turned it’s back on him.  A-Rod also has every intention of reporting to Spring Training, even though the Yankees are pleading him not to.  He’s also seeking an injunction that would let him play baseball while he waits for his day in court. Calling A-Rod selfish, or a team cancer seems generous.  Alex Rodriguez has done the unthinkable.  He’s become more unlikable than Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens combined.

That’s why this question may sound strange.  Under the right circumstances, should the Royals consider trading for and signing Alex Rodriguez this year?

Allow me to stress “under the right circumstances”.  There are two conditions that would have to exist.  First, A-Rod is given a clean bill of health.  Second, Mike Moustakas repeats his disastrous 2013 performance in 2014′s first half.  With that as a back drop, consider the following before saying no.

A-Rod’s suspension is cut in half, making him available for the season’s second half.  The Royals are 2 games back of the AL Central at the All-Star break.

The Yankees are willing to pick up the majority of A-Rod’s salary to be rid of him.

A-Rod is willing to sign a season and a half deal, in order to prove he still has “it”.

These scenarios are quite possible.  Even before his latest legal aggression, his suspension was reduced from 211 to 162 games.  It’s possible Rodriguez would enjoy being in an environment that’s a little more under the radar than New York.  He may very well say and do the right things, in order to get another contract. He may be so much more comfortable and motivated in Kansas City, he would perform like A-Rod performs.

A-Rod has a couple of things in common with Bonds and Clemons.  Number one, he’s a first class a-hole to the max.  Number two, drugs or no drugs, he’s one of the greatest baseball players of all time.  Jerks win all of the time.  How much stock do you give team chemistry?

His last full season was 2012.  Even banged up and in decline, he performed.

A-Rod 2012 Stats

463 At Bats / 18 HR / 74 RBI / .272 average / .783 OPS

Mike Moustakas 2013 stats

472 At Bats / 12HR / 42 RBI / .233 average / .651 OPS

Consider this, A-Rod’s .783 OPS would have been the third highest among Royals starters last year.  Butler put up .787 and Hosmer contributed .801.

Then consider the following scenario.  You have no internal answers at third base, a pennant race within grasps, and a contrite, affordable, motivated Rodriguez attainable.  Would you then consider, what seems now, the unthinkable?

 

Tags: AL Central Alex Rodriguez Kansas City Royals Mike Moustakas MLB

  • unclejesse40

    I love the out of the box thinking. And it would show the fans that the Royals really want to win. and it would sell tickets because people would either love to watch him or they would love to boo him.

  • jimfetterolf

    We do have internal options with Valencia, Bonifacio, and Colon, as well as Alex Gordon. Depth is the best cure for foolish trades.

  • Peter C

    I personally think there is no evidence to say A-Rod did do half of the things they say he did. So yeah I think he is better than the moose. Hec, I’d even buy a t-shirt or jersey of him if he stays.

  • Redblack564

    You are all stupid. Aroid is a cancer. I don’t want to have any”gummies” or lozenges in the dugout . NO WAY . The Royals would lose Many fans and credibility in the media. It would be like getting Cano in our locker room

    • Ed Connealy

      The A-Rod scenario is full of very big “what ifs”…but are you saying you wouldn’t want Cano on this team?

  • Royals_Fan

    The amount of attention A-Rod brings to a team isn’t positive attention. He’s a cancer that will destroy the Royals. He may have some good games but his attitude, steroid use and the fact that he only cares about himself is a big enough red flag to stay far away. Not to mention his contract that with him sitting out all of 2013 still gets him $61M over 3 years. If the Royals are really strapped for cash then they can’t afford him. A-Rod needs to leave baseball forever. He will never make the HOF because of his steroid use and the fact that everyone hates him, so he just needs to call it quits. After the Yankees are done with him, his baseball career is over.