By Mike Steffanos
You get the feeling that Alex Rodriguez could be this off-season's Manny Ramirez -- at least until someone signs him. For me, it's a no-brainer as to whether I believe the Mets should sign him. I don't need Sabremetrics or the opinions of the local media or even a Ouija board to know why I believe this to be a huge mistake.
It has nothing to do with 24-1 in the clubhouse, nor Alex' propensity to be in the middle of weird little media controversies by inserting his Hush Puppies into his own orifice. It's not about his ego, his wife or whether or not he's a "good guy". It's not about the money.
If Alex Rodriguez comes to the Mets and struggles, he will become a target of the segment of the fan base that will boo a player unrelentingly. He will be Kaz Matsui, Victor Zambrano and Guillermo Mota rolled into one massive target. There will be little patience shown towards the 30 million dollar man. If he fails to produce in clutch situation, it could get ugly very quickly for one supremely talented but incredibly insecure ballplayer.
Beyond that, I can't get past the simple fact that, if Alex Rodriguez really cared about winning, he would have stayed with the Yankees. How much money is enough? He needs to go to a much more forgiving market than this one, and the Mets need to fill the holes that sunk this team in September. With the money it would take to sign A-Rod, the Mets could significantly address two or three needs.
I don't care who gets the back pages the most in the local tabloids. I want to see my team celebrate a championship again before I die. Just how many championships has A-Rod's admittedly impressive skills contributed to?
This move has disaster written all over it. If I were the Mets, I'd pass.