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Old 02-14-2004, 05:41 PM   #1
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According to a report in a New York based newspaper, A-Rod is heading to the Yankees for Alfonso Soriano, Jose Contreras, and a minor leaguer. It is being reported that A-Rod will play third for the Yanks next season.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=1735039
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Old 02-14-2004, 06:15 PM   #2
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Hahahahhahahaha..... YANKEES WILL RULE FOREVER
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Old 02-14-2004, 06:25 PM   #3
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Oops! I posted another thread of this.

here's the newsday article: http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseba...span-headlines
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Old 02-14-2004, 06:28 PM   #4
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The ESPN story is old news. The trade is A-Rod for Soriano and a minor league pitcher (likely Jorge De Paula or Scott Proctor).

I'm speechless.
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The Yankees will do anything to assure success and another trip to the World Series. That would be awesome with his big bat. But Soriano is going to be a great one and he is young. So what would u do?
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Old 02-14-2004, 09:57 PM   #6
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Cancel the season. Hell, just don't bother with the next 5 years. Just give the Yankees the title now.
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Speaking from a perspective from the Yankees point of view. This is a no-brainer. Make this trade, A-Rod is worth Soriano and the prospect easy.
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Old 02-14-2004, 11:50 PM   #8
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Well, if it does go through, it will be a good reason to root against ARod, right?

I don't care if they get him, I'm still not sold they'll win the Series. They have competition every year, and have found ways to stumble in recent years.

Down with the Evil Empire.
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Old 02-15-2004, 02:39 AM   #9
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Now the Yankees need Chuck Knoblauch to come back to play 2B for them. I happen to know he is available and would sign cheap.
Seriously, why would the best SS in baseball move to 3B? In my opinion, Jeter is the next 3B for the Yankees, until he handles the position or they decide to make another move.
They will miss Soriano at the top of the lineup.
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Old 02-15-2004, 09:36 AM   #10
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Now the Yankees need Chuck Knoblauch to come back to play 2B for them. I happen to know he is available and would sign cheap.
Seriously, why would the best SS in baseball move to 3B? In my opinion, Jeter is the next 3B for the Yankees, until he handles the position or they decide to make another move.
They will miss Soriano at the top of the lineup.
Plain and simple, A-Rod wants to win. He realized what a mistake he made going to Texas and now he's rectified it. If Jeter wants to show what a real captain is he will move to 3B. However, I don't expect him to. The only thing Soriano brought to the top of the line up we didn't get with A-Rod is great speed. However, Kenny Lofton has enough of it left to make that loss so great.
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Old 02-15-2004, 10:45 AM   #11
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Boston fans must be choking on their clam chowder:lol:

Is this good for baseball?? probably not. But it just goes to show that the Redsox still have a long way to go before they can get close to their bitter rivals.
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I read that the trade only involves ARod for Soriano and some big cash exchanges. The Yankees have done it again to the BoSox!!! LOL!!
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King George strikes again.
The luxury tax alone should ensure the Twins viability this season.
Soriano moves back to SS in Texas and hits in the Rangers lineup. They don't miss a beat offensively, but they will miss ARod's glove. ARod, on the other hand, isn't the speedster that Soriano is and the Yankees have a problem at the top of their lineup. Does Jeter bat 1st? Then who hits 2nd?
The Yankees have a lineup full of 3-6 hitters (not a bad thing to have, but they have little speed).
Seriously, I see the Yankees batting order like this:
Matsui
Jeter
ARod
Sheffield
Giambi
Posada
Bernie
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2B
With Posada maybe moving down to the 8th spot and the 1B/DH hitting 6th.
Should be a formidable lineup, but they will miss Soriano's ability to disrupt games with his speed.
What happens if they don't win with this lineup? Will King George fire Torre? Will he go out and pick up better players to fill in at 2B and 1B/DH? How about the pitching? What if Kevin Brown breaks down again? How about Vasquez -- will he continue his habit of pitching well and losing a lot of 3-2 games?
Should make an interesting year in the Yankees clubhouse, especially if they start off slowly.
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Old 02-15-2004, 12:42 PM   #14
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I bet the same thing hppens to A-Rod as when he left Seattle. Seattle became a winner. I would love to see Texas win if A-Rod leaves. No loyalty either way-talking about owners and players. A-Rod signed that big 10 yer contract-he should stay and take his lumps. New York is not the long term answer.
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Quote:
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Seriously, I see the Yankees batting order like this:
Matsui
Jeter
ARod
Sheffield
Giambi
Posada
Bernie
1B
2B
My guess is something like this:

CF - Lofton
SS - Jeter
3B - Arod
1B - Giambi
RF - Sheffield
DH - Williams
C - Posada
LF - Matsui
2B - Whomever (Cairo?)

#6-8 in the line up could basically go in any order. But this is their best lineup. Can Giambi handle 1B every day? Is Lofton better suited for LF or RF? There's still a lot of questions.

Besides, offense wasn't the question when I looked at this team. It was defense and pitching. All the offensive changes have weakened the defense. And the pitching has turned over a lot. I like Kevin Brown and Vasquez replacing Pettite and Clemens, IF Brown stays healthy. Which is a big if.

Boston still has a healthy shot at this division. Although A-Rod is the latest move, it's up to the Red Sox to respond. But I really don't think they need to.
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