TORONTO, CANADA - AUGUST 11: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees warms up with a football before the game against the Toronto Blue Jays on August 11, 2012 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
While the Los Angeles Dodgers were able to strike a deal with the Boston Red Sox last week, they also checked in with another American League East club, the New York Yankees, regarding several pricey veteran players, C.C. Sabathia and Mark Teixeira, reports Joel Sherman of The New York Post:
But it also is what led to a phone conversation with the Yankees about Sabathia (four years at $99 million left after this season) and Teixeira (four years, $90 million left after this season). The Yanks told Dodgers executives they had no interest in moving either.
Even after acquiring Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto from the Red Sox, the Dodgers have apparently not concluded their summer shopping spree. Ken Rosenthal reported yesterday that LA continues to look for another starting pitcher.
Sabathia would certainly qualify, but it doesn’t appear the Yankees have any interest moving him or Teixeira, a player the Dodgers would now have little use for since they’ve acquired Gonzalez.
Still, Sherman believes there is a chance the Dodgers and Yankees could line up for a deal involving third baseman Alex Rodriguez this winter. Most of the connection is a result of A-Rod’s celebrity status and that fact that LA is willing to take on bad contracts in order to acquire talent.
Would it be smart for the Dodgers to pursue Alex Rodriguez?