NY Mets: A-Rod’s Yankees trades prove he’d be disastrous as owner
By Brad LaPlante
In Steve Cohen’s first year as the owner of the New York Mets, Alex Rodriguez is already proving why he would be disastrous as owner.
While Cohen was discussing deals with ex-owner Fred Wilpon, A-Rod was putting his iron in the fire with his own offer that he raised with Jennifer Lopez and a Walmart executive who invested billions of dollars into supporting the deal.
Even though this NY Post piece claims that Jennifer Lopez would be the control person under their ownership, it would be silly to think that A-Rod wouldn’t have his hands in the whole thing. He might have even thought about making himself GM.
It would be disastrous for Alex Rodriguez to be owner of the New York Mets.
On Yanks Go Yard, FanSided’s New York Yankees site, Adam Weinrib argues why his trade proposals for the Yankees are “hilarious and impossible.”
During ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcast, A-Rod floated the idea of the Yankees trading for someone like Christian Yelich, instead of Texas’ Joey Gallo. He says, “I don’t want to see anymore swing and miss. I want contact guys… Where are you gonna play him?”
Cleveland third baseman José Ramírez, who the Indians may actually be willing to part with since the team has fallen drastically in the standings and trail the White Sox by a wide margin in the AL Central, makes little sense.
The Yankees already have a lot of infield guys and taking a third baseman, where they already have Gio Urshella, doesn’t make a lot of sense unless they think he’ll be out for an extended period. DJ LeMahieu is currently filling that role and would move to second upon Urshella’s return.
Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich is just bad, as Yanks Go Yard even mentions that he’s locked down until 2029. Even with Yelich struggling, it’s hard to see that he’s on the market at all. The Brewers have invested the most into Yelich than any other position player on the team. They also lead their division by a wide margin and are the clear favorites so it’s hard to see that Milwaukee wants to plead “sunk cost” on this one. He’s in Milwaukee and he’ll stay there.
Ramon Laureano is a big piece for the A’s, who will likely make the playoffs in a wild card slot if they don’t win their division. The A’s are having a surprising season so I doubt he’s available at all.
A-Rod making these wild trade proposals seems like fantasy island. It’s almost as if these are things he’s formulated on a video game and wants to reenact them in real life.
It seems like he has no realistic perception of what the trade market looks like.
Could you imagine what he’d try to pull as owner/GM for the Mets?
If A-Rod is the Mets’ owner, it’s likely that the Francisco Lindor trade never happens. It would actually be more likely that the Yankees get Lindor, as they are in dire need of a shortstop.
In addition to A-Rod’s clouded judgment of the trade market and value, it also seems like he doesn’t want to keep up with the game’s changes: infield shifting, power over contact guys, etc. His speech is akin to that “old man yells at cloud” meme.
Sure, the Mets are grateful to have contact guys in Jeff McNeil and Brandon Nimmo, but arguing for Yelich over Gallo is silly since Yelich has historically been a power hitter.
With the Mets’ injury issues between Jacob deGrom on and off the IL, McNeil and Pete Alonso both having short stints, JD Davis and Michael Conforto both out for extended periods, it seems like A-Rod would have a complete meltdown and burn the whole ship.
If he’s arguing that the Brewers or A’s should sell while they are miles ahead in playoff runs, would he sell as Mets owner when the team is a leg up in the division and the clear favorite to win?
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With the Phillies’ bullpen struggles and the Braves’ inconsistency, the Mets are good and might just be a couple pieces from World Series contention. They should be glad that Steve Cohen is ready to lead them there.