Joe Posnanski ran through the worst contracts in baseball, and A-Rod placed second:
There’s nothing especially surprising left to say about Alex Rodriguez. He’s 36 years old, and he played a lot of innings at shortstop, and his body’s beat up, and there’s no compelling reason to believe that he can ever play 150 games in a season, much less be a dominant player. And he has SIX YEARS left on that deal. The thing about sports it that when a player starts regressing, the way A-Rod did two or three years ago, people quickly adjust to the new reality. OK, so A-Rod is not a 40- or 50-home run guy anymore, he’s more like a 30-homer guy. But that’s not how regression works. It doesn’t stop at the level of choice. It just keeps on, you know, regressing. Thirty-homer guys become 20-homer guys become 12-homer guys.
If A-Rod could even remain the player he was in 2011 — assuming he could stay healthy long enough to play more than 99 games — then the Yankees would be OK. Sure, a third baseman hitting .276/.362/.461 isn’t worth $30 million a year, or anything close, but he’s still a good player. He’s about as good as any other third baseman, save a Longoria here, a Beltre there. But A-Rod won’t stay at that level, certainly not for another six years, maybe not even for another two years. And the Yankees will be stuck.
The storyline after Alex’s ALDS failures focused on his clutch ability, as if 2009 never happened and he once again just could not handle the spotlight. The real issue that the ALDS highlighted is A-Rod’s inability to stay healthy. He struggled in October not because he could not handle the glare of the harsh postseason lights, but because his thumb was barking, his body was aching, and his infrequent playing time down the stretch did not allow him to get his timing back. He was playing hurt and it cost him.
I have little doubt that if Alex could avoid getting dinged up throughout the season, he would put up the sort of numbers he notched while healthy in April. Alas, it seems that his famed durability (played in fewer than 141 games once from 1996-2007) has abandoned him, and I see no reason to believe that the Yankees can count on him as a middle of the order force as they move forward. The thumb injury that hampered him in the postseason came on a routine play at 3rd base, so insignificant that no one but Alex noticed it at the time. He has now failed to play in more than 138 games in a season since 2007, and his OPS has declined each year during that span. His power, in particular, has abandoned him in his poor health, with his isolated power going from an absurd .333 in 2007 all the way to .185 this season.
The A-Rod problem is not his inability to perform in the clutch or too many celebrity girlfriends or any silly off-field stuff like that. The issue that the Yankees have going forward is his newfound inability to stay reasonably healthy for an extended period of time. Alex is getting old, and with age usually comes increased risk of injury. The Yankees have to find him an adequate caddy, someone who can start 40 games in his stead and allow Alex to stay well rested and hopefully healthy throughout the season. Even such caution may not be enough, but it might help the Yankees extract more value from their investment.
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