The Philadelphia Phillies should check in with the New York Yankees regarding the availability of third baseman Alex Rodriguez, according to Ryan Lawrence of Philly.com:
But the fact that a player who was considered one of the best in baseball as recently as a few years ago might be available is at least interesting. The fact that said player happens to play third base is at least intriguing if you're the Philadelphia Phillies.
Lawrence believes Rodriguez has the potential to fill several areas of need for the Phillies. Philadelphia will be targeting a third baseman, a bat for the middle of their order, and power threat from the right side of the plate this winter.
While Rodriguez’s bat is clearly in decline and his current contract runs through his age 41 season, Lawrence looks to the "dismal" free agent market for third baseman as a reason the Phillies should at least consider the aging slugger. He also believes a change of scenery could do A-Rod well.
Rodriguez is owed $114 million over the next five seasons, and his contract includes several other bonuses during that time. There have been reports that the Yankees may be willing to eat some or all of the remaining deal to facilitate a trade for the 37-year-old.