With endless speculation and prognostication about Alex Rodriguez's future, mental health, man-love for Derek Jeter and contract, it may seem for many like he's completely worn out his welcome in the Big Apple. Well, maybe not entirely, it seems as though he has at least one fan left, and that's "super-nice-guy" David Wright.
The Mets' "awe-shucks" third baseman was exposed to a reporter today, and basically did his best Eddie Haskell talking to June Cleaver impersonation. Wright was asked if he'd switch positions to clear room for A-Rod at third should he opt out of his contract after this season, and should the Mets find roughly $25 million per year for the next 8 years in their budget to sign him. Wright's response, and I'm paraphrasing here, "Boy would I! That'd be super!"
A-Rod grew up rooting for the coke-addicted Mets teams of the 80's (another reason why Yanks fans just can't find it in their hearts to root for the guy), and it's believed that he's wanted to play in Flushing his entire career. If the deal was to happen, Wright would probably have to shift to left field, Delgado's getting a boatload of money to play first through 2008. After '08 either Wright or A-Rod could move to first, which would be the final solution.
I actually think this would be a good move for everyone involved. Across the country you hear about how bad the NY media, and fans are. How they'll turn on you at the drop of a hat. But that's not universally true. Most people don't care about the Mets at all. Their only moment of relevance in the past 20 years was when they got pasted by the Yanks in the Subway Series in 2000. They only get the back pages when there's nothing going on in the Bronx Zoo. A-Rod could fade into obscurity in Queens just as easily as he could in Kansas City or Milwaukee. He could go on putting up monstrous regular season numbers, and hardly ever have to worry about anyone else being top dog in his clubhouse if he went to the Mets.
The Mets would add to what is already one of the most formidable offenses in the National League. A-Rod would also balance their lineup, giving them Delgado, from the left side, A-Rod and Wright from the right side and Beltran and Reyes as switch-hitters. The Yanks would be able to get out from under the A-Rod cloud without having to do anything too drastic. He'd walk, and it would be his move, nothing they could do about it. Scott Boras would win, because Scott Boras always wins.
By the way, when the Yanks traded for him, who would've ever thought they'd be paying him less than someone else was paying Soriano in a couple years? ($16M from the Yanks for A-Rod, $17M from the Cubs for Soriano).
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