The trade did not go through because of the financial aspect of the deal. The Player's Union would not allow Alex to take a slight pay cut.
What if this trade did go through? Would the Red Sox still have broken the curse? Would AROD's career have turned out differently?
With the help of Out of the Park Baseball we get to find out all the answers. It is time to simulate the deal just as it was supposed to go down.
Alex Rodriguez goes to the Red Sox and will wear his customary #3 and play shortstop. Remember, AROD was coming off a monster 2003 season at the plate and in the field. He was the best defensive shortstop in the game. I have always had an issue with Derek Jeter for not being the one to volunteer to change positions. I blogged about it in a post called The Captain?
With Rodriguez on board, the contingency trade also went through as Nomar Garciaparra was traded to the Chicago White Sox for Magglio Ordonez.
Alfonso Soriano who was dealt to the Rangers in the real life trade that brought AROD to the Yankees is now returned back to the Yankees in this simulation.
The real deal fell apart because of the contracts, for this simulation I have kept the contracts exactly the way they were. The Red Sox will not get an AROD contract discount. Here is how the contracts of the traded players look:
2004: $22 million
2005: $26 million
2006: $21 million
2007: $22 million
2008: $28 million
2009: $33 million
2010: $33 million
2004: $11 million
2004: $22 million
2005: $22 million
2006: $18 million
2007: $17 million
2008: $19 million
2004: $5 million
2005: $8 million
2006: $10 million
2004: $15 million
The preseason predictions are very kind to the Red Sox predicting them to win 98 games and run away with the AL East. The 2003 team was pretty good but now they are adding Keith Foulke, Curt Schilling and Alex Rodriguez. Of course, the 2004 Red Sox will be without Manny Ramirez.
Stay tuned. The plan is to simulate one season a week. Follow me on twitter @thepeskypole6