General Manager 201 - #3

You've all graduated from General Manager 101 and the course is now beginning to get harder. Today's problem is: If George Steinbrenner thinks that Alex Rodriguez has outlived his welcome, the Yankees would certainly want pitching for him. Just who would you give up to obtain him? (Please, no Oscar Robles and Tim Hamulack packages).

Now that Joe Torre is assured he will return as Yankee manager, many feel the Yankees seem almost certain to make an effort to trade A-Rod.

Rodriguez insists he won't waive his no-trade clause, but he certainly would benefit from a new start. Torre's decision to bat him eighth in the Division Series gave an indication of how the manager feels.

Apparently the Yankee fans would welcome his departure. Some how a season that saw him hit 35 home runs and drive in 121 wasn't good enough. Humm.

New York would certainly like Kuo; a young power lefty is something they desperately need. Would you throw in Brad Penny? Would you add 3B Andy LaRoche to the mix, since with A-Rod we wouldn't need him? Or even toss in lefty Scott Elbert?

Or perhaps you have a better idea. Let us know. Send your "deals" to totholmes3335.Msn.com. As before we will used a selected number of them and tally the percentage for and against adding the slugging Yankee infielder. We'll take propositions until nood Tuesday.

Dodger Blue Notes-- TBS will alternate showing the NL and AL championship series for seven years starting next season under a television deal with Major League Baseball.

Turner Broadcasting System paid about $310 million for the package. The network will televise the NLCS in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013, and the ALCS in the 2008, 2010 and 2012.

"It makes sense," commissioner Bud Selig said. "They have the division series. The economics were what we wanted."

The World Series, the LCS, first-round playoff games and the All-Star game will be on either Fox or TBS for the next seven years. Fox will show Saturday regular-season games through 2013 and TBS will televise 26 regular-season Sunday games in 2008.

Overall, Fox and TBS will pay a total of more than $3 billion for the package.

TBS will show all first-round playoff games. Turner Sports president David Levy said he hoped baseball could avoid overlapping games in the division series - if that occurred, they could be shown on TBS and TNT. "I kind of hate when we put two games on at the same time," Selig said.

TV ratings for this year's LCS games have been down from past years, and a shift from over-the-air telecasts to cable would diminish the number of potential viewers. Baseball, however, said it was not worried about the move.

"We're not ready to concede lower ratings," MLB chief operating officer Bob DuPuy sa

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