Last March, Tim Marchman wrote an article wherein he looked at ARod’s contract — edit:
prior to just after the Boli acknowledgment — pondering if the Yankees had lain down with arguably the game’s best player in the last two decades in a way that put ink on potentially “the biggest financial disaster in baseball history.”
“Whatever the exact state of his hip right now, the most significant number he’s playing for isn’t 763 but 138. That’s how many games he played last year; it might be more than he ever plays again.”
He didn’t play 138 games this year. It is mathematically possible for him to top 138 if the Yankees go long in the Pennant Series and (potentially) the World Series. Regardless of how he performs in the ALCS/WS as a fielder and player this year, the frame represented by that contract makes it a difficult — if not impossible — question to answer even should the Yankees win a ring this year. Or next. Or After. There are nine more years and ~250 Million dollars assigned to one player. The Yankees played the winner in two of three (89-44) since ARod came back in early May.
I wonder what Tim Marchman might say so far in comment to his pondering back at the start of this season. I doubt it can possibly be the “biggest financial disaster”, but also think it is a question (barring catastrophic injury) that can’t be answered in the next few years. Which is the whole point when gambling on a player as rare as Alex Rodriguez.
Hypothetically, if the Yankees do win the series this year, how far did ARod go in one year to earning that ten-year payout? Pretty far? Not far enough? Just paying back what he already took from the till?
On Friday we will see a few more threads woven in what will be either this year’s tapestry or throw-rug. But for all the cost of his skill, it does not appear to be a misstep.