Anyway, Joe airs his main grievance of the roster I constructed by stating:
A-Rod did not make the cut, although I disagree. The worst third baseman contract Josh found was Adrian Beltre, but he was eventually talked out of it, replacing him with Vinny Casilla. Sorry, but two years and $6.2 million for no production is still better than 10 years and $275 million for a guy who will be 42 when the contract expires.While Joe makes a valid point here, I thought I would take some time to explain my reasoning as to why the highest paid player in baseball was not included on the roster:
Quite Frankly, I still think it's too early to fully judge this contract. I have a tough time evaluating a 10 year contract when only 1 year has passed. Granted, the last year has been terrible for A-Rod. Between steroids, injuries, divorce, problems hitting in the clutch, and questions about his character; it seems as though most of the baseball community has turned on A-Rod. And rightfully so. A-Rod has made lots of mistakes and has suffered his share of unfortunate injuries since the extension.
However, with that said, when healthy, A-Rod is still one of, if not the most, productive offensive players in baseball. While it might be hard to justify giving any player that much money (rightfully so), I can't say that A-Rod's contract has been a disaster for the Yankees even with his transgressions thus far.
So there you have it, if you disagree with me, I completely understand. In another three or four years, this extension very well could look horrific for the Yankees if A-Rod cannot get healthy and stay off the back pages. And as Joe mentioned, A-Rod will be 42 when the contract expires, which in itself is a scary thought.
But for now, there is my logic.