Much to the chagrin of many New York Yankee fans, Alex Rodriguez will be back in pinstripes next season.
Or at least A-Rod himself thinks so (via Peter Botte of the New York Daily News):
Plans change, but ARod says he has no plans to waive no-trade clause. "That's correct. I will be back. I have a lot to prove."— Peter Botte (@PeterBotte) October 19, 2012
As a result, the veteran third baseman saw his role diminished as he continued to fail to produce.
In the playoffs, Rodriguez tallied just three hits in 25 at-bats (.120 batting average). He had no extra-base hits, scored just one run and struck out 12 times. In the ALCS, he received nine at-bats and responded with just one hit.
Combine that with his .111 average from last year's postseason and .219 average from the 2010 playoffs, and Rodriguez is quickly garnering a reputation that he won't want to live with.
Still, A-Rod has proved to be useful during the regular season. In 122 games this year, he hit .272/.353/.430 with 18 homers and 57 RBI.
Those are numbers that the Yankees can live with from the 19-year veteran as long as he isn't getting paid like he's the best player in baseball.
Unfortunately for the Yanks, that isn't the truth.
Rodriguez, according to Cot's Baseball Contracts, is set to make $29 million in 2013, $26 million in 2014, $22 million in 2015, $21 million in 2016 and $21 million in 2017.
That's a steep cost for a guy who was getting benched in the playoffs.
While moving Rodriguez in the offseason has become a popular opinion, the future Hall of Famer seems to have made it pretty clear that won't be happening anytime soon.