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7/27/1975 (41 y, 6 m, 24 d)
1993 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 1, Overall: 1, Team: Seattle Mariners
$275M / 10 Years (2008 - 2017)
Rodriguez's publicist said Monday that he does not intend to play for another team this season, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports. (8/15/2016)
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Year in Review:
Rodriguez started the season on the disabled list recovering from hip surgery and, thus, did not play his first game until May 8, 2009. As a result, he played only 124 games and got just 535 plate appearances, both career lows since his 1995 rookie season. His counting stats were at their lowest levels since 1997, as he hit “just” 30 homers, scored 78 runs, and drove in 100 runs – ending a run of 12 straight 100 RBI/100 run seasons. But on a rate basis, his performance was in line with his career average (wRC+ of 151, versus career average of 153), so once he got back to the playing field the injury did not have an impact on his play. His BABIP was down a little (.306, the lowest since 2002) which hurt his average (just .286), but he walked at a career high rate (15%), so his OBP was still very good at .402.
The Year Ahead:
Concerns over how much playing time he would miss from his surgery, as well as how it would affect him when he got backed, dropped Rodriguez from the top of fantasy lists last year. But with another excellent 2009 performance based on his rate stats, he returns as one of the top fantasy players entering 2010. He should hit around .290 with 35 homers, more than 100 runs and RBI, and he could steal 15 bases. However, A-Rod has a solid shot at hitting more than .300 with closer to 40 homers, as well as 120 RBI and runs. He will rightly go at with at the top of the first round, within the first five picks, of almost all drafts… so you’ll receive no bargain with Rodriguez’ draft slot in 2010. (Dave Allen)
By most measures Alex Rodriguez experienced his worst full season in 2010. His AVG and OBP were at career lows, and he didn't hit for the type of power we've seen in the past. But even amid this season-long slump he still managed to drive in 125 runs. Since he hits in the middle of the Yankees lineup, and since he has done it for the past 13 seasons, there's little reason to believe that A-Rod will drive in fewer than 100 in 2011. If he rebounds in other ways he could also provide 100-plus runs and hit .300, as he has done so many time sin the past. But even if he doesn't he's a good bet for 30 HR and 100 RBI, which puts him near the top of the third-base pack. He might not be a top-five pick as he's been in the past, but if you find yourself late in the second round and he's still on the board there shouldn't be much hesitation in taking him. (Joe Pawlikowski)
The Quick Opinion:
A down year might have hurt his stock, but even then A-Rod managed to drive in 100 and hit 30 HR in 2010. A rebound to anything near his normal levels will mean yet another monster season from the Yankees clean-up hitter.
If relatively healthy, you can probably take a .280 batting average, 30 home runs and 100 RBI to the bank with Alex Rodriguez. But he hasn’t played in more than 138 games since 2007 and was limited to only 99 games in 2011. At age 36, it’s probably prudent to plan on more trips to the trainer's table in 2012. For five years straight, Rodriguez’s wOBA and isolated slugging have been in steady decline from other-worldly to just pretty good, and if that trend continues, Rodriguez will find himself in some pretty unfamiliar territory relative to third base tiers. But Rodriguez is a unique talent to be sure, and playing in the launching pad recently installed in New York will only help his counting stats should he be able to stay on the field. Draft him assuming he will get you 550+ plate appearances -- because if he does, he could contribute as well as any third baseman available. Just have a plan B. (Michael Barr)
The Quick Opinion:
If you’re a risk taker, Alex Rodriguez should be your third baseman. He’s never had lower price, and if he can stay healthy, he’s top tier talent. But his rap sheet on injuries is getting long, and his age is working against him.
Once the greatest player in the game (both fantasy and reality), A-Rod has battled seemingly constant injuries over the last few seasons. The 37-year-old had left hip surgery in January and is expected to miss up to six months, meaning he may not return until July. Rodriguez remains a productive hitter when he's actually on the field (.272/.353/.430, 114 wRC+ in 2012), just not as historically productive as he once was. The ceiling here seems to be a return to his 2011 output (.276/.362/.461, 125 wRC+) with a healthy hip, but the floor is obviously very low. As he has been for the last few years, A-Rod is one of the riskiest bets in fantasy. (Mike Axisa)
The Quick Opinion:
January hip surgery could keep A-Rod out until July and further hasten a decline that is already four years old. He could have a big second half or be completely useless, but at least the injury means you won't be tempted to spend much on draft/auction day.
Alex Rodriguez is still fighting the decision in court, but right now it looks like he'll be suspended for the season. That's a shame because, through all of the mess around him, ARod is still a productive player. Held to just 181 plate appearances because of off-the-field and injury concerns, his weighted offense was still 18% better than league average, which would have been 11th-best at third base among full-time players. In on-base formats, ARod is even better thanks to his 12.7% walk rate, and his 23-13 home run-stolen base pace over 600 plate appearances would have been useful in any format. Once (or if) ARod can take the field again, he might still be mixed-league relevant, but health will remain a concern even if his eligibility was not. (Scott Spratt)
The Quick Opinion:
Since he's most likely suspended for the season, Alex Rodriguez is of little use in redraft leagues. He could make good stash in the deepest of dynasty leagues because he continues to reach base at near-elite rates and provide 20-10 home run-stolen base potential.
A-Rod is going to be better than people expect in 2015. With the time to put his hip issues behind him and a lot of people to anger by playing well, Rodriguez has some positives going for him coming into the season. As of the end of 2013, he hadn't lost the swing that made him the best player on the planet, and he's still strong enough to drive balls out of the park even when he's fooled. It's going to take a lot of at bats to get his timing back, but it's not improbable he hits .270+ with 20 homers if he gets the opportunity, with New York or someone else. Subjectively, what would make people dislike A-Rod more than him coming back and putting up legitimate numbers? If he's been trustworthy in any realm, it's been in his ability to make people hate him. Sign me up for a flier on him this year. (Dan Farnsworth)
The Quick Opinion:
No expectations on the former best player in the game with the time to get healthy...what could be wrong with that? Look for him to be a surprisingly productive hitter in 2015.
The 39-year old A-Rod was about 30% above average with the stick last year and hit a surprising 33 homers in an even more surprising 151 games. It’s a season that will be tough to top at age 40 but he should still be a quality hitter. Hurting his stock moving forward is that he only played four games at third base and one at first, so unless your league is very lax with their positional requirements, he will only qualify at the utility position. It’s also unlikely that he will play in as many games this year. With Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira a year older and Greg Bird and Aaron Judge knocking on the door, the designated hitter position may not just be primarily for Mr. Rodriguez. Additionally, it’s possible that A-Rod tired as the season wore on so more rest could be in store. After a 144 weighted runs created plus (wRC+) in the first half, with a 21% strikeout percentage, his wRC+ dropped to 108 while his strikeout percentage increased to 26.5% in the second half. Health will always be a question mark for A-Rod or any 40 year old regular, but something to keep track of is his strikeout rate. It increased as the season went on and at age 40, it will be tough for him to keep hitting the ball with enough authority to be consistently productive if he’s striking out 30% of the time. (Ben Pasinkoff)
The Quick Opinion:
Expecting a repeat performance out of Rodriguez would likely be foolish given natural decline as one ages and likely less playing time for him this season. Since he’s likely just a utility player, using a draft pick on him will handicap your roster a tad. Roster flexibility is a plus, but if your league is dubious on his ability to repeat, he could still be a source of cheap power.
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