Immediately following the Yankees exit from the American League Championship Series, Alex Rodriguez didn’t sound like a man ready to waive his no-trade clause to go somewhere else.
“That’s correct. I will be back. I have a lot to prove and I will be back, on a mission,” Rodriguez told Peter Botte of the NY Daily News. “I love New York City, and I love everything about being a Yankee. The highs are very high, and the lows are extremely low.
“But I’ve never thought about going to another team. My focus is on staying here. Let’s make that very, very clear. No. 2, I don’t expect to be mediocre. I expect to do what I’ve done for a long time.”
The thing is, A-Rod has never been too big on keeping his word. If he was, he would never have opted out of his original deal and he’d probably be a Met anyway. So while it sounds like he is dead set on staying, I wouldn’t put it past him that if the Yankees worked out a deal to send him to Miami that he would somehow justify it.
It’s not as if he actually does have a lot to prove. In his now nine seasons in the Bronx, A-Rod has hit .292/.387/.538 with 302 home runs, two MVP awards, and he played a major role in winning a World Series. If he still has a lot to prove than 99 percent of all athletes haven’t proven a damn thing.
Despite all of that, it seems like the Yankees have lost trust in him and see him as nothing more than a platoon player. It’s a pretty big message when he’s sitting on the bench in Game 5 of the ALDS and Games 3 and 4 of the ALCS. If the Yankees can’t trust him in those situations then how are they going to turn around and rely on him next season. My hunch is that they will still try to trade him and if they did, he could figure out a way, no matter how awkwardly, to justify waiving his no-trade clause.