Alex Rodriguez could have easily been one of the most talked about stories of the winter, but it is apparently a little bit too early to start talking yet and there may not be any reason to be talking at all.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, no teams have called the New York Yankees to talk about their talented, yet vastly overpaid third baseman.
Rodriguez is still owed a total of $114 million through 2017 according to Cot's Contracts, so it is going to be difficult to find a team willing to take on that kind of deal. To put it in perspective, in 2012, only eight teams had total team payrolls over $114 million. Of course, Rodriguez is not going to earn that all in one year, but it is an interesting perspective nonetheless.
If Rodriguez were still producing at the MVP level that we have seen from him earlier in his career, perhaps this would not be such a huge problem. However, paying that much money for a 37-year-old third baseman who hit .272 with 18 home runs and 57 RBI in 2012 is obviously a bit of a logical stretch.
With these two factors, it is hard to imagine a team would really be willing to take such a major chance on Rodriguez. On October 24, Joe Girardi told Andrew Marchand of ESPN that Rodriguez will be the starting third baseman for the New York Yankees in 2013.
Now, when you combine all three of these details with the fact that Rodriguez has a full no-trade clause on his contract, it is even more difficult to imagine him moving from New York. While it might be in the best business interests of the Yankees to reduce their payroll substantially by letting Rodriguez move on, the environment does not seem conducive to this type of move at the moment.
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