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Look Back – Alex Rodriguez’s 2007 Resiging

December 1, 2009 4 comments


Photo Courtesy of Bleacher Report

There are a couple ways I wanted to go with this particular look back. I wanted to go back to when the Yankees signed Alex Rodriguez initially but then there would be too many possibilities. But, I found that it was a lot more feasible to discuss what might have occurred if the Yankees had chosen not to resign him in 2007.

After all it was perfectly reasonable that the Yankees would not resign A-Rod. Scott Boras operated in such a way that it was certainly possible the Yankees had had enough of dealing with Alex Rodriguez’s massive contract. They had offered him $230 million dollars and had previously said that they would not play around with A-Rod if he opted out.

So the Yankees do not sign Rodriguez which leaves 3rd base open. Here are a few possibilities:

RED SOX SIGN ALEX RODRIGUEZ

Despite the idea that Boston would never want to sign A-Rod because they dislike Boras or did not believe that A-Rod was a “Boston” guy, in reality it would make complete sense for them to sign him. With Mike Lowell’s contract up, they could sign Rodriguez to a huge contract and generate even more publicity for their campaign to defend their World Series title.

YANKEES SIGN MIKE LOWELL

In need of a 3rd basemen, the Yankees sign Mike Lowell away from Boston. This has the added benefit of slighting the Red Sox while gaining Lowell, who at the time, was regarded as a very potent third basemen. There was serious interest in Lowell on the part of the Yankees so do not mistake this as just a rumor. They might have even signed him even if they brought A-Rod back.

YANKEES SIGN MARK TEXEIRA

Pretty easy to see that this signing would still have occurred.

YANKEES MOVE ROBINSON CANO to third base and sign (gulp) LUIS CASTILLO

Of all the other free agent second basemen available, Castillo makes the most sense for the Yankees. His career average was around .300 and he was a fairly good defensive second basemen who might have have been able to replace Cano’s production at 2nd base.

Recap of the Yankees Starting lineup:

WITH LOWELL AND TEIXEIRA

1. Jeter SS
2. Damon LF
3. Teixeira 1B
4. Matsui DH
5. Posada C
6. Cano 2B
7. Lowell 3B
8. Swisher RF
9. Cabrera CF

WITH CASTILLO AND TEIXEIRA AND CANO AT 3RD

1. Jeter SS
2. Damon LF
3. Teixeira 1B
4. Matsui DH
5. Posada C
6. Cano 3B
7. Swisher RF
8. Castillo 2B
9. Cabrera CF

I have to say, even if one were to take into account the extra money that could be freed up to buy a pitcher, it would have been a very bad move to put Cano at 3rd and sign Castillo, or really any other 2nd basemen because the 2007 class was not stellar at that position. With Lowell and Teixeira in the lineup it looks infinitely better but, upon comparison to the lineup the Yankees have today with Rodriguez both of these lineups simply do not compare.

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Look Back-Mike Lowell

August 9, 2009 5 comments

In the first part of my look back series, I will examine what could have been if the Yankees signed Mike Lowell back in 2007.

Lets say the Yankees sign Lowell to the reported offer of 4 years $60 Million. Here is most likely what would have happened since.

YANKEES TRADE EITHER HIDEKI MATSUI OR JOHNNY DAMON.

The Yankees would have two all-star capable Left-Fielders. The Giants were reportedly interested in a Matsui-for-Matt Cain swap, as were the Yankees. With no Lowell, though, the Yankees had Giambi at 1st and Matsui/Damon at DH. *In Peter Abraham’s article he says the Yankees could have gotten both Matt Cain and Noah Lowry for Matsui….what a trade. *Also check out the bottom where a Tim Lincecum for Alex Rios trade was being proposed. Blue Jays probably still crying over that one.

YANKEES DON’T SIGN ONE OF MARK TEIXEIRA, or ALEX RODRIGUEZ.

With Mike Lowell’s giant contract and Teixeira or Rodriguez’s giant contract, they couldn’t afford all three.

REDSOX SIGN ONE OF MARK TEIXEIRA, or ALEX RODRIGUEZ.

Makes perfect sense. Whichever is left over from the Yankees goes to the Redsox.

So lets recap. Here are the possible lineups.

WITH LOWELL AND TEIXEIRA

1. Jeter SS
2. Damon DH
3. Teixeira 1B
4. Posada C
5. Cano 2B
6. Lowell 3B
7. Swisher RF
8. Cabrera LF
9. Gardner CF

SP: Matt Cain

WITH LOWELL AND RODRIGUEZ

1. Jeter SS
2. Damon DH
3. Lowell 1B
4. Rodriguez 3B
5. Cano 2B
6. Posada C
7. Swisher RF
8. Cabrera LF
9. Gardner CF

Both lineups look much worse than their current one, while the 2nd one has back-to-back hip surgery patients.

So even though the Yankees might have a better rotation….I am very happy the Yankees did not sign Mike Lowell back in 2007.