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WillieHarris12
12-07-2003, 04:04 PM
I know that Jerry Reinsdorf (who seems like he's broke) doesn't want to add any payroll whatsoever, but if we are going to trade Mags, lets get someone who's worth it. If we do Ordonez and Valentin for Arod, we'd gain about $5,000,000 next year and have the best shortstop in the game. Plus we could then sign Everett back anyway to take Ordonez's spot. I mean it wouldn't hurt to spend a little. In an ideal world this trade would be discussed, for me at least. Wouldn't Texas rather have Mags and Valentin instead of Manny Ramirez (poor work ethic)?

doogiec
12-08-2003, 11:48 AM
Texas made the huge mistake, let them keep it. When Arod was a free agent, he said money wasn't all that important, playing for a winner was more important. Then, what did he do? He signed for a ridiculous amount of money, so much money that Texas will NEVER have the ability to field a winner since they have so much payroll invested in one player.

Let him rot in fourth place in Arlington.

Baby Fisk
12-08-2003, 11:58 AM
Originally posted by doogiec
Texas made the huge mistake, let them keep it. When Arod was a free agent, he said money wasn't all that important, playing for a winner was more important. Then, what did he do? He signed for a ridiculous amount of money, so much money that Texas will NEVER have the ability to field a winner since they have so much payroll invested in one player.

Let him rot in fourth place in Arlington.
Correct-a-mundo. For Texas to be willing to take Manny in this trade is indicative of the kolossal blunder they made with ARod's contract. Kolossal! Manny's productivity will wilt under the Texas sun while he mopes about New York. Still, the Rangers are willing to cut their loses and start from scratch.

ARod's contract is an example of the worst kind of excess that can cripple a club for years. I'm not saying the Sox should curl up in a corner and just try to "replace" the players they are losing during the off-season. They've got to open up the wallet and spend wisely. But are we really expecting JR to sign *anyone* to a 10-year deal anyway?

Frater Perdurabo
12-08-2003, 12:21 PM
Originally posted by doogiec
Texas made the huge mistake, let them keep it. When Arod was a free agent, he said money wasn't all that important, playing for a winner was more important. Then, what did he do? He signed for a ridiculous amount of money, so much money that Texas will NEVER have the ability to field a winner since they have so much payroll invested in one player.

Let him rot in fourth place in Arlington.

Is $25 million per year too much in today's baseball economy? Yes. But at the time it was a "fair" deal based on market value. A-Rod is the best player in the game, bar none.

What is hurting the Rangers is not A-Rod's contract, but rather the contracts given to unproductive players like Chan Ho Park (~$13 million/year), Juan Gonzalez, Carl Everett (they paid his 2003 salary, remember), Jay Powell and Rusty Greer.

Now that Juan, Everett and Palmeiro are gone, the Rangers' payroll will drop. Chan Ho Park is a mistake owner Tom Hicks will have endure for three more seasons.

What A-Rod does need to realize is the Rangers can field a competitive team on a $80 million payroll: in fact they did it during the second half of 2003.

The Rangers had the best record in the AL in July and August. Sure, it was after they had fallen 17 games back in the AL West and the pressure was off, but they still played solid ball.

Their team ERA dropped when they decided to put youngsters Ramon Nivar and Laynce Nix in the outfield. These prototypical CFs got to many more fly balls in the Ballpark's cavernous outfield.

The infield already was among the best offensively and defensively in the AL with A-Rod, the underrated but All-Star caliber Michael Young (2B), All-Star hero Hank Blalock at 3B and future star Mark Teixiera at 1B.

The Rangers would be smart to keep A-Rod, smooth over his immense ego and continue building around him from their improving farm system. A-Rod also keeps fans coming to the Ballpark. If they keep him but follow their rebuilding plan, I believe they can contend for a wild card spot in 2004 and the AL West in 2005.