Alex Rodriguez: Is His 9-Year Run with the Yankees Complete?

Micheal Robinson@nyyrobinsonSenior Analyst IIOctober 17, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 23:  Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees prepares to bat against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on April 23, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Thanks to an offseason injury to 2003 Game 7 ALCS hero Aaron Boone, the Yankees were in the market for a third basemen that offseason.

In 2004, Alex Rodriguez was traded to the Yankees from the Texas Rangers in what seemed to be a promising and hopeful move for the club.

But after winning the MVP award in 2005 and 2007 for the Yankees, Rodriguez looked like he was on his way out as he opted out of his contract following the 2007 season.

However, a deal was struck on November 15, 2007 that kept Rodriguez in pinstripes for 10 more years—likely to the end of his career and his chase of the home run record.

While he may have struggled in the playoffs at times, he finally helped the Yankees win their 27th World Championship in 2009, in a very notable performance. Rodriguez hit six home runs that postseason and knocked in 18 Yankees, while two of his homers came in game tying situations.

That magical 2009 season seems like a distant memory as another poor performance in the post season in 2012 has led to rumors that his time could be over in New York.

Earlier today, Keith Olbermann of MSNBC posted in his blog that he had unconfirmed sources that the Miami Marlins and New York Yankees are talking an Alex Rodriguez trade in the offseason.

In that blog, Olbermann stated the Yankees would have paid the rest of the remaining $114 million left on his deal with the team, and the Yankees would get back reliever Heath Bell and the rest of his three-year, $27 million deal.

Later in the day, Bryan Hoch of tweeted, "Cashman denies Yankees talking A-Rod trade with Marlins."

Now, Rodriguez has been benched in what Yankees manager Joe Girardi is saying is a performance-based decision.

If that is the case, how are Robinson Cano (3-for-36) and Eric Chavez (0-for-14) in the lineup considering their 2012 playoff numbers? Rodriguez has been benched for two straight ALCS games to go with the ALDS game last week and wasn't even checked in as a pinch hitter in either contest.

I am not buying this one bit that it is a baseball decision that he isn't playing and I know in my heart of hearts that there is something going on behind the scenes here.

Something happened in that locker room. No doubt.

Rodriguez was interviewed before the game and said, "I believe the lineup would be better with me in it." On top of that, Rodriguez paused for a long period of time when he was asked about his relationship with Yankee manager Girardi.

There is no telling what is going on inside that Yankees clubhouse, but Rodriguez seemed visibly and emotionally upset during his pre-game interview on Wednesday in Detroit.

Regardless of what happens, Rodriguez will still go down as one of the top Yankees in the history of the storied franchise and, while controversial at times, arguably one of the best players to ever play the game of baseball.


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