By “the real A-Rod,” I mean the guy that signed a $275 million contract. The guy who is, arguably, the most talented ball player in history.
However, a mix of old age, injuries and an awful postseason performance have led to Yankee fans calling for Rodriguez’s head. While placing all the blame on A-Rod is a bit dramatic (Mark Teixeira, Nick Swisher and Sabathia were all horrid), it’s a mix of Rodriguez’s polarizing personality, record-setting contract and multiple bad postseasons that have brought Yankee fans to this conclusion.
His career .255 postseason BA as a Yankee makes you think he’s a journeyman, not someone viewed as an all-time great. His 99 games played this season show signs that his body is breaking down.
This raises another question: “If we never will see the real A-Rod again, what can the Yankees do?” The answer is “not much.” No team will want to go anywhere near Rodriguez’s contract, and even if someone did, there are no free agent third basemen available for the next couple of years.
Yankee fans will in all likelihood have to live with whatever they get from Alex Rodriguez until his contract expires…in 2018.