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johnsamo wrote:A-Rod in a Cubbie uniform... The NL Central pitchers just let out a collective shudder.
Wrigley (and for that matter the whole NL Central) are very friendly to-all-fields power hitters while Yankee Stadium favors pull hitters. On a healthy season, 60 homers for A-Rod wouldn't shock me at all.
This seems like a doable deal. A-Rod back at short, and believe me, the cub fans would cheer like you wouldn't believe... I love New York, but let's face it, the Cub fans are just a nicer crowd than Yankee Fans. Dusty Baker would need body guards in New York if he had his record with the Yankees. That dude in the stands last year who caught the ball, he'd have been killed.
For the Yanks to, A-Ram is no joke at the plate and a natural 3b and younger, and Jones can rake righties.
TheYanks04 wrote:As to AJ, why wouldn't the Braves deal him? He is a free agent next year and likely will get 15M+ a year on a 4 or 5 year deal and they probably do not want to pony up.
Hobbes wrote:TheYanks04 wrote:As to AJ, why wouldn't the Braves deal him? He is a free agent next year and likely will get 15M+ a year on a 4 or 5 year deal and they probably do not want to pony up.
Andruw Jones is signed through 2007. He will not be a free agent next year.
TheYanks04 wrote:My bad...you are right. 13,5 M next season. Has Boras as his agent which I did not realize either. Going to get a big payday in 2008.
Hobbes wrote:TheYanks04 wrote:My bad...you are right. 13,5 M next season. Has Boras as his agent which I did not realize either. Going to get a big payday in 2008.
He had Boras as an agent for his last contract as well. However, he bypassed Boras and used advice from his father to negotiate a below-market deal directly with the Braves. There is hope that his continuing desire to stay with the Braves will cause him to do something similar next time around. He is exactly the type of player who might give the Braves a hometown discount.
Personally I think that given his age he will take this opportunity to get the huge contract he didn't get last time. However, the uncertainty of how much of a hardline he will take with the Braves makes it tough to predict the prospect of a trade.
Also, since the Braves are changing ownership they do not know what will happen to their payroll by next season. If Liberty Media actually raises payroll the Braves might be able to retain Jones.
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