Bronx Bombshell: Yankees Snag A-Rod?

After nearly a month of speculation that mega star shortstop Alex Rodriguez would be thrown into the fire of the Yankee-Red Sox rivalry, he will be headed not to the Boston Red Sox, but the New York Yankees. The New York Yankees are in need of a third baseman no more after agreeing "in principle" with the Texas Rangers to acquire Rodriguez in exchange for Alfonso Soriano and a minor league pitcher that many sources think is flame throwing Scott Proctor.

A few minor technicalities are yet to be worked out but according to sources close to the negotiations, he is headed to the Bronx.

Earlier this off season, many baseball people assumed that a deal that would involve A-Rod heading to the Yankees could never materialize because of his lack of desire to make the switch to third base with Derek Jeter deeply cemented at shortstop in New York. However, all of these reports were suddenly proven wrong on Saturday when a well documented "longshot" turned into an almost certain reality. Rodriguez reportedly was up for the task of making the move to third base if acquired by the Yankees, creating possibly the best left side of the infield in the game. The Yankees will have arguably the best player in baseball and would obviously be thrilled to be adding the 2003 MVP bat that produced a .298 batting average along with 47 home runs and 118 RBI's last season. With the addition of yet another star player, the Yankee add to an already potent offense and on paper could stake a very strong claim for one of the best lineups this game has ever seen.

As for the players involved in the deal, Alfonso Soriano is certainly a hefty price to pay for the New York Yankees but when receiving a player of Alex Rodriguez's magnitude it has to be a no-brainer either way for the organization. The team was obviously disheartened by his miserable playoff performance where he set an all time record for strikeouts. Giving up a potential 40-40 player is never easy as they usually only come along "once in a lifetime", but in return they get a player that is only two years older and is already arguably the best player in baseball. Even though it is not certain at this point, exactly who the minor league pitcher is that the Yankees will be sending to Texas along with Soriano, it has been highly speculated that it is right hander Scott Proctor. Proctor has gotten rave reviews from scouts and has been reported as hitting 104MPH on the radar gun. He was considered one of the top prospects in the organization, but with the bullpen that the Yankees assembled this off season, it seems that the team felt comfortable enough to let the AAA pitcher go if a deal of this type were to come along.

The proposed addition of Alex Rodriguez to the Yankees will only add fuel to the already burning Yankee-Red Sox rivalry. Once again, "The Evil Empire" succeeded in something that Boston was unable to finish off in late December. Much of the collapse of the deal in Boston was mostly due to deferred money on the part of A-Rod's contract in hopes that they would be able to get Texas to pay much more of his contract than they were willing to. However, this is one of the factors that allowed a deal with the Yankees to even get off the ground. It is reported by several league sources that the Rangers have agreed to pay $70 million of his contract while the Yankees would pick up the rest of his remaining $189 million. Money has never been an object for the Yankees and yet again they found a way to throw their financial weight around in a huge way.

As the deal is still not official by any means, most sources agree that the deal is imminent and will probably be announced early next week. Unlike the well publicized fiasco that the Rangers and Red Sox put on in late December of this off season, the Yankees and Texas have kept their deal very quiet and were able to discuss the trade late into Friday night. It is also reported that the Yankee front office along with George Steinbrenner's baseball people held closed door meetings throughout last week and even kept normally well informed sources out of the loop to maintain the secrecy of the deal.

In the minds of many, this has abruptly swung the balance of power back in the favor of the Yankees in the American League East and with the proposed deal that would bring A-Rod into an already monster lineup there is almost nobody that could deny this statement. Love him or hate him, The Boss has just done it again.

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