12:00 PM CDT, October 18, 2012
ST. LOUIS -- Talking playoff baseball while flirting from the doghouse, a la A-Rod.
1. Would the Yankees actually trade Alex Rodriguez to the Marlins? You better believe they would. Late last week, I proposed that the Yankees should deal Rodriguez to his hometown team for manager Ozzie Guillen, which would clear the way for owner Jeffrey Loria to take a mulligan one season after giving Guillen a four-year contract.
I was kidding, sort of. But there conversation between Loria and Yankees president Randy Levine, which was reported by Keith Olbermann on an MLB.com blog, was not a joke. He asked the Yankees president if he’d trade Rodriguez and Levine jumped at the idea.
Will it happen? Probably not. There are a lot of issues that could get in the way, including Rodriguez’s no-trade rights. But this trade actually makes a lot of sense, especially if the Yankees would pick up much of the $114 million left on Rodriguez’s contract, which runs through 2017.
The Marlins need a draw, and Rodriguez is popular in Miami. They don’t have a third baseman, so he’s a fit that way. And to make the deal work the Yankees could take on some of the Marlins’ contracts, with Heath Bell the most obvious one. But what about some that aren’t so obvious?
Would Mark Buehrle go to the Yankees? Could you actually trade Guillen?
Managers have been traded before, the most successful example being when the New York Mets acquired Gil Hodges, in the middle of a multi-year contract, from the Washington Senators for right-hander Bill Denehy after the 1967 season. Hodges won the World Series with the Mets two years later.
But what would Guillen do for the Yankees? That’s the tricky part. You could probably convince him to take Joe Girardi’s job but it’s hard to see the Yankees as the rebound team for a guy who blew up after one year in South Florida.
Oh, that’s right. They’ve already done that once, haven’t they?
That’s how Girardi go to New York. He was canned by Loria and hired by the Yankees.
Maybe this isn’t as farfetched as it seems (but I think it is).
2. When cold, rainy weather hit Philadelphia during the 2008 World Series, Commissioner Bud Selig made an executive decree that if a game started and had to be stopped because of weather it would be considered a suspended game, not a postponed or rain-shortened official game. That came into play in Game 5, which was suspended by rain after 5 1/2 innings with the Phillies and Rays tied 2-2. His decree became law that winter when general managers and owners approved it.
Talk about a good decision. It had to ease the concerns of the San Francisco Giants considerably Wednesday night, when Game 3 of the NLCS was stopped by rain in the bottom of the seventh inning, with the Cardinals leading 3-1. The forecast called for a long rainstorm but the teams knew they would complete the game, either later Wednesday night or Thursday. It’s hard to believe that MLB made it to 2008 without requiring teams to play nine innings in postseason games, but it was the right thing to do, whenever it did it.
3. You’ve got to admire the Giants’ array of pitching options. Bruce Bochy had not committed to his Game 4 starter before Game 3, and had actually added a third option to a choice that seemed to come down to two former Cy Young winners, Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito. Bochy confirmed that Game 1 starter Madison Bumgarner had thrown a bullpen session Tuesday, which put him into play. Bumgarner threw only 72 pitches over 3 2-3 innings in that game, allowing six runs and taking the loss. "I’d say more than anything we’re trying to keep our options open," Bochy said. "You look at (Wednesday), with the possibility of rain, having a rain delay, having to take your starter out. We have all of our guys available. And if I have to use them, I’ll use them. Then we’ll see where we are after the game. I think that’s as much of it as anything."
The Cardinals will start Adam Wainwright, who got pounded by Washington last Friday, putting the Cardinals into their early hole.
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