New York Yankees: The Bombers Have No Choice but to Trade Alex Rodriguez Now
I've hit my boiling point with Alex Rodriguez.
For the longest time, I've tried to defend him and support him when everyone ragged on him, but I'm seriously done vouching for him.
It's not the .143 he's currently hitting in the postseason that did it; I've grown to accept that he's a failure in the playoffs.
It's not the five years and $150 million the Yankees still owe him until the end of the 2017 season, which is one of the worst contracts in team history and perhaps all of baseball.
It's not even the fact that he's three years removed from admitting he's taken steroids and performance-enhancing drugs and as a 37-year-old, he's starting to break down.
In a story reported on Tuesday by Emily Smith of the New York Post, A-Rod was reportedly caught flirting with two females in the stands shortly after he was pulled out of Game 1 of the ALCS on Saturday night.
This, to me, shows that he doesn't care anymore.
Fellow Bleacher Report writer Ian Casselberry also wrote about how he feels A-Rod has mentally checked out in the playoffs and the team.
Look at it; he's got his guaranteed money, he got his World Series ring back in 2009, and he also has the single life too.
According to the story from the New York Post, he continued his flirtation with the females until Derek Jeter went down on the field with a fractured ankle in the 12th inning.
What A-Rod does in his personal time is none of my business, although we somehow find out about it one way or another.
Do you think Alex Rodriguez will be a Yankee in 2013?
But this is completely unprofessional. A-Rod is a professional baseball player who is basically acting like he's still in high school flirting with females in the stands at Yankee Stadium.
They put up with him being found out that he took PED's in his career after he lied about it to Katie Couric in a CBS interview back in 2007, they've put up with all of the publicity he's brought with dating celebrities such as Madonna and Kate Hudson after he got divorced.
And let's not forget the night of Game 4 of the 2007 World Series between the Rockies and Red Sox where the game became second fiddle to the news of him opting out of his contract with the Yankees to become a free agent, which angered everyone, including Major League Baseball themselves. A-Rod knew he screwed up then and because he personally went to the Yankees and fixed the mess he made, I forgave him.
But after the way this season has gone and now with this, I can't anymore. Many fans like myself probably feel the same way.
After nine seasons, enough is enough with A-Rod, and it's time for Brian Cashman to trade him once the season is over.
I know he has a lot of money left on his current deal, and the Yankees would have to eat an enormous chunk of it to trade him, but I think it can be done.
The Yankees found a way to deal A.J. Burnett and the two years left on his deal to the Pirates last year with the Yankees taking on most of the money. Many felt it would be hard for the Yankees to deal Burnett, yet they found a taker with Pittsburgh.
Honestly, I think they can find a taker for A-Rod too if the Yankees took on anywhere from half to most of the rest of his deal.
Whatever it takes to get him out of New York needs to happen, because his antics have gotten to the point of no return now.
And given the fact that the Yankees are looking to get under the $189 million mark for their payroll by 2014, getting rid of A-Rod's contract will help them out in the future.
Either way, it's time for A-Rod to go, and Cashman needs to find a way to trade him once the season is over.
Stay tuned, Yankees Universe.
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