Another Alex trade rumor

Pettitte to miss bullpen, start with back spasms
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I try not to give much consideration to such rumors, but I thought I’d throw this out there for you all to digest (since Angels fans are already talking about it). Anaheim is one of the oft-reported destinations for Alex Rodriguez should he opt out of his contract at the end of the year. According to Halos Heaven, we may not have to wait that long. They’re reporting that the two teams could perform an early-season swap:

Stoneman and Cashman have reportedly agreed on a three-tier wait-and-see:

1. Audition Moseley

2. See if the boo-birds flock on A-Rod and how Boras then responds to a trade proposal (as Rodriguez can ultimately veto it)

3. Assuage Boras by adding Jered Weaver to the deal, as WTY in Yankee Stadium = Visions of future big bucks to tempt Scott B.

4. Yankees get Weaver, Moseley and Jose Molina for A-Rod.

First off, I don’t buy into this scenario at all. Why would the Angels give up Weaver if they can have Alex AND Jered next season? The only reason would be that they think their pitching is good enough without Weaver, and that Alex is the missing piece to their World Series quest. I’m not familiar with the inner workings of the Angels, but by knowing their roster, I’m not quite sure this is the year for them.

Second, why would Cashman trade his only right-handed power bat for Weaver, Moseley, and Molina? Jered has had one good season, and could certainly falter in the future, especially under the bright lights of Yankee Stadium (need I even mention his brother at this point?). I’m unsure why Moseley would be even remotely attractive as a trading chip. Sure, he’s had a good spring (1.98 ERA), but what are you going to trust, 13.2 spring innings, or a minor-league track record littered with 4.50+ ERAs at the AAA level? Finally, while Molina is an adequate backup catcher, he sure doesn’t fill the hole Alex’s bat would leave in the lineup.

No, no, no, that won’t do at all. I understand that the Yankees risk getting nothing for him after the season (though, if he opts out, he’s a free agent…the Yanks would get a first-rounder out of it, right? Mike, I’m looking at you.). But to trade Alex for that proposed package would do serious damage to their chances in 2007. Beyond losing significant power, the question remains of who the hell would play third base?

The strangest part of all is that the few commenters on this post, for the most part, don’t want to execute the deal. Understand that if (biiiiig if) the Angels were to acquire Alex, an extension would surely be the price of him waiving the no-trade clause. Hypothetically, the Angles would acquire one of the best hitters in the history of the game (and the best third-baseman or shortstop in the American League) for a young pitcher with one good year under his belt (and who is currently battling injury) and a load of dog shit.

My question to you, our loyal readers: would you pull the trigger? If so, I’d like to hear some arguments. I just can’t see risking the 2007 season, especially when the Yanks don’t look to have even a replacement-level player to man third base should Alex depart.

Hat tip to MLB Trade Rumors.

Pettitte to miss bullpen, start with back spasms
How did Igawa do last night?
  • Mike A.

    Angels fans should kiss the ground Bill Stoneman walks on if that deal goes through.

    The other popular rumor is Andy LaRoche-James Loney-Jonathan Broxton for A-Rod. Now if that goes through, Yankee fans should perform unspeakable acts on Cashman.

    Forget Zumaya, that Broxton kid is the next great closer. That kid can overpower anyone.

    • Joseph P.

      I would seriously go outside and let out a scream of joy if we got LaRoche, Broxton and Loney for Alex. There is no way Ned Coletti is that dumb, is there?

  • BryanK

    Where is the Dodger rumor circulating? Is it just a speculation amongst fan sites, or is it hitting news papers in LA also?

    • Joseph P.

      I think the Dodgers deal is more fan speculation, Bryan.

  • John

    I would pull the trigger on the Angels deal. Here’s why:
    I like the wait and see on the boo-birds
    I think Jered is the real deal.
    I’m sure Arod is going to opt out of his deal and then it’ll cost the Yankees $30 million to keep him.
    Pitching is worth more than hitting.
    Jered Weaver for 4 years of arbitration > Arod (maybe) for $30 million.
    Cash would need to have a secondary deal lined up for a 3B but-
    Damon, Jeter, Abreu, Giambi, Posada, Matsui, Cano, 3B, Phelps
    Is still more than enough to win a championship.

    • Joseph P.

      Thanks for that, John. I’m glad the first “I’d do this deal” comes from someone as reasonable as you (or, should I say, as a member of the Island of Reason and Logic).

      • John

        You know, I don’t think I’ve officially been voted onto the Island as of yet. Not that I mind- there are more entertaining places to visit on the mainland.

  • Ben K.

    While not giving much reason for it, Jayson Stark puts the A-Rod trade in the “not happening” category in his most recent column. No offense to Halo Heaven, but I’m inclined to believe Stark.

  • Mike A.

    The LAD deal is around various blogs, so I’m sure it’s just fan specualtion, just not mine.

    I’m not down with the Angels deal at all. Dustin Moseley is a junkball lefty, Jose Molina is a backup at best, and who knows what’s up with Jered’s injury. Besides, the Yanks have at least 5 better pitchers in the minors, 3 of which are in the upper minors.

  • KAnst

    I have no interest in this at all. Moseley and Molina have little to no value to us (we dont need more back end starters we have those already). So this deal comes down to A-Rod for Weaver. On that team Weaver isnt even the pitcher id most want. To me he is just an injury waiting to happen. He throws way too much across his body. On top of that he is only a mid rotation starter to me.

    As for the Dodgers speculation I would do that right now, and I dont like most A-Rod trade ideas. Broxton would become our second best reliever. Loney is better than any of our first base options, and LaRoche will be a very good third baseman as soon as next year.

  • ShawnT

    I have a few reasons why i wouldnt make this trade

    1. Angels do good enough against us without Alex
    2. We wont have any right handed power which well make are lineup completley vunerable to Lefties
    3. Weaver has injury peoblems right now, and we saw what his brother couldnt do in the pinstripes, who knows what jared well do
    4. Moseley cant even pitch in AAA whats he gunna do in the majors
    5. And finnaly Alex is probably the best hitter in the game right now, why trade him?

  • Travis G.

    Joseph, the Yanks would get no draft compensation if Arod signs elsewhere. Boras put that in his contract just like he did for Drew. It’s more encouraging for other teams to sign him (hence a bidding war) knowing they won’t even lose a draft pick for it.

  • Tim K

    Arod for Weaver, Molina and Moseley is a bad deal for the Yanks. Arod may get booed but hes worth more than a rookie starter with a bit of success, a scrap heap back up catcher and a Darrell Rasner type arm.

    If the Angels had Arod how would they react to an offer of Wang, Nieves and Rasner, they’d have a good laugh Im sure.