Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Should the Phils consider A-Rod?

The Phillies may be looking for a third baseman this winter, should the search include the newly available Alex Rodriguez who freed himself from the Yankees?

I could imagine the scene now, A-Rod popping them over the short porch at Citizen's Bank Park, 75 homeruns in the season for a new record and over 200 rbi's as the Phillies cruise to the NL East pennant. This would come at a cost though, a bigger cost then I think the Phillies will be wanting to pay.

Let's look at Rodriguez's numbers over the past few years. He's been healthy enough to play 95 percent of the games over the last seven years. He's been on the top of his game for his whole career. He is destined to be in the Hall of Fame. The past three years he has hit 54, 35, and 48 homeruns. He'll be 32 years old in 2008- he may still have the prime of his career remaining, he is a 14 year veteran and will be starting his 15th season in 2008. He's been the AL MVP in 2003 and 2005 and in 2002 he was MLB baseball's player of the year. He had an average salary of 22 million dollars a year over the last seven years. His stats at this age are compared to Mickey Mantle, Frank Robinson and Ken Griffey according to Baseball Reference.

The Phillies may have some room if they can deal Pat Burrell, which is a move I don't support. I think Pat was a big reason the Phillies were as good as they were last year. He should be a Philly in '08 as well. He is a big time player and maybe a bargain as the prices of salaries are escalating as they are. Phillies GM Pat Gillick knows Alex Rodriguez. He was the GM of the Mariners in the late 90's. That may be a good reason the Phils should go after A-Rod. I have a simple plan, the Phillies will draw 3 million plus next year, add an extra dollar to each beer sold at the stadium to pay some of his salary.

Should the Phillies go after A-Rod, yes! Would Rodriguez want to play in Philly? He should, this team has a potential to win it all real soon and he would be a part of it.

Rich Baxter / Philly Sports Talk Now!

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