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Newz Forum: BASEBALL: A-rod a yankee?

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posted on Feb, 14 2004 @ 01:10 PM
The yankees are in a serious discussion with the Rangers to acquire Alex Rodriquez and move him to third base, where he'd play alongside shortstop Derek Jeter.

The new york post is stating:

That the Yankees have asked the Rangers about such a trade, in which Alfonso Soriano would leave New York

A source colse to the coverstations stated that the talks are in the early stages but that its a "long shot" that the deal will ever be completed because of "many hurdles that stand in the way"

posted on Feb, 14 2004 @ 05:04 PM
Looks like the deal is getting closer to being done. Not sure the Yanks are wise to give up Soriano, but money talks and A-Rod will bring a great bat to the team.

From news services
Yankees reportedly agree to deal for A-Rod
No announcement is expected Saturday, because minor technical details still remain. However, all sides remain confident everything will be finalized within a few days, a source told the paper.

The backbone of the deal was Rodriguez's surprising willingness to agree to play third base. Once Rodriguez indicated to the Yankees that he'd be willing to play third and defer the coveted shortstop position to Derek Jeter, a longtime friend, the talks moved very quickly.

This could pretty much make this baseball season pointless. Depending on how the pitching situation is in NY, they should have no problems leading the league in offense.

[Edited on 2/14/2004 by crayon]


posted on Feb, 14 2004 @ 05:45 PM
Its going to be interesting to see who will win the Yankees and the Red Sox, red sox increase their pitching staff while the Yankees increase their offense.

posted on Feb, 15 2004 @ 09:52 AM
From how everybody is talking about this trade, it seems as though the trade is completed, and this is actually going through. The yankees are going to have an All-Star lineup. Its going to be a pitchers nightmare.


posted on Feb, 15 2004 @ 02:13 PM
Could you imagine A-Rod a yankee, and how much of a one side league this is going to be, they should just move the red sox's to the NL so that they can meet in the World Series every year.


posted on Feb, 15 2004 @ 05:15 PM
Yes the stuff i have read does indicate that he has signed but nothing say's for definate yet!


posted on Feb, 15 2004 @ 07:47 PM
Say if the Yankees do get A-rod, they are going to pick up the biggest contract in the history of baseball, and on top of that they are going to have A-rod, jeter, Sheffiled, Matsui, Posada, Williams, Giambi. Is this going ot be a big dissapointment if they dont win a World Series.

posted on Feb, 15 2004 @ 11:53 PM

New York and Texas finalized the terms of a trade Sunday, and the players' association gave its approval. The last hurdle was for commissioner Bud Selig to sign off on a deal, a high-ranking baseball official told The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.

Approval from Selig was expected Monday, and the Yankees began planning for a Tuesday news conference in New York to introduce the first reigning MVP ever traded.

Rodriguez will move from shortstop, a position where he's been a seven-time All-Star, to third base, where he will replace injured Aaron Boone. The Yankees will keep their captain, Derek Jeter, at shortstop.

Texas will wind up paying $140 million for three seasons with Rodriguez, an average of $46.7 million annually for three last-place finishes in the AL West. The Yankees will owe him $112 million for seven years.

Under the deal, the Yankees pay Rodriguez $15 million in each of the next three seasons, $16 million each in 2007 and 2008, $17 million in 2009 and $18 million in 2010, according to contract information obtained by the AP from player and management sources.

In each of the first four years, $1 million will be deferred without interest, to be paid in 2011.

The trade calls for Texas to pay $43 million of Rodriguez's salary over the remaining seven years: $3 million in 2004, $6 million each in 2005, 2006 and 2010, $7 million apiece in 2007 and 2009 and $8 million in 2008. In addition, the Rangers will pay the $24 million remaining in deferred money from the original contract, with the interest rate lowered from 3 percent to 1.75 percent.

In the end, Texas will pay $67 million of the $179 million left on Rodriguez's record $252 million, 10-year contract, and will get All-Star second baseman Alfonso Soriano and a player to be named.

All the deferred money owed by Texas -- $36 million including salaries from 2001-03 -- will be lumped with the original $10 million signing bonus, of which $4 million is still owed. The payout schedule will be pushed back to 2016-2025 from 2011-20.

In exchange for the alterations, which devalue the present-day value of the contract by $5 million, Rodriguez will receive a hotel suite on road trips, have the right to link his Web site to the Yankees' site and get a guarantee that the deferred money won't be wiped out by a work stoppage.

Boras said that as part of the deal, the Rangers will buy Rodriguez's home in Texas and his luxury suites at The Ballpark in Arlington and American Airlines Arena.

Ultimately, baseball's biggest spenders will raise their payroll to about $190 million.

All I can say is wow!


posted on Feb, 16 2004 @ 08:28 AM
This trade is amazing, and i couldnt believe that there was even a buzz in the air the first time that i heard it. How did this trade even happen in the first place?

The Red sox must feel pretty stupid right now, because this isnt the first time that they let somebody slip away from the team. And who was that it was the Babe. Arguablly the best player ever in Baseball. Now they let the second best player out of their hands just because of some money. 2 million dollars worth of money. Is the curse still alive? It could be A-Rod and the Babe share the same number in 3. Both slipped away from the red sox to the Yankees. And now the Yankees have A-rod just like they have the Babe. O yea o yes, the curse is alive.

posted on Feb, 16 2004 @ 08:34 AM
Think of the lineup they'll be putting on the field, reads like an All-Star roster.

Jorge Posada
Jason Giambi
Alex Rodriquez
Derek Jeter
Gary Sheffield
Bernie Williams
Hideki Matsui

The Yanks should win a couple games this season, huh? Who's gonna play second base?

posted on Feb, 16 2004 @ 10:28 AM
From my point of view the curse is alive and well. And the Red Sox's are hating every minute of it.

ALl the Yankees need at 2nd is somebody that can catch and throw the ball. Wilson will be able to do the job.

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