Alex Rodriguez in Dodger Blue?

Joe Torre thinks there’s a possibility that Alex Rodriguez could join him in Los Angeles. Asked whether Torre envisions Alex Rodriguez in Dodger Blue, Torre had a few words to say.

Dodger Stadium (you can buy this print)

Is Arod headed to Blue Land? Picture source here.

“It’s possible,” Torre said Friday, repeating that phrase twice as he grinned like a child. “You’ve got four or five clubs maybe that figure to be in the sweepstakes. There aren’t a lot of clubs that are going to be able to pay the money.”

By now, you should be tired of hearing how Joe Torre walked away from New York Yankees after spending twelve seasons there as manager but being offered a paycut in a one-year deal. Shortly afterwards, Rodriguez also cut ties with the club, opting out of his $252 million, 10-year contract during Game 4 of the World Series and becoming the biggest prize on the free-agent market.

Now, some think the Dodgers could be a front-runner to land A-Rod, likely to win his third MVP award this month. Torre confirmed the two had a better relationship this season in New York.

“All I know is it was very comfortable for both of us,” the manager said. “And I think my being uncomfortable came from the fact that I didn’t think he was as comfortable. This year he just seemed to be a different guy in spring training.”

Speaking before his Safe at Home Foundation’s fifth annual gala, Torre said he was “surprised” Rodriguez opted out of his record deal to seek a new one. Torre went on to say, “I really was. But you have to do what you think you need to do.”

The Los Angeles Angels, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, and Boston Red Sox are other teams thought to be interested in Rodriguez. Arod’s agent, Scott Boras, asked the Yankees to make a $350 million offer just to get a meeting with A-Rod before he opted out of his deal. The Yankees will not be offering any more propositions to Arod, and that makes the world a better place.

The Dodgers are a huge-market team. They ranked second in attendance (to who else but the New York Yankees) in the 2007 season. However, their home run production was minimal: the Dodgers as a team hit only 129 home runs this season, ranking 15th out of 16 NL clubs. So Alex Rodriguez could be a huge boost to the ballclub if he plays at third base. We all know Arod’s numbers by heart for 2007: 0.314 batting average, league-best 54 home runs and 156 RBIs.

Torre said owners Frank and Jamie McCourt are committed to making the Dodgers consistent winners again.

“All I can tell you, I know the McCourts are certainly dedicated to putting the Dodger franchise on the right track. They understand the pride factor. We talked about that a lot,” Torre said. “But again, they’re business people. They’re certainly going to take into consideration what they can do that makes sense. And the fact that they have a lot of young players certainly could help make their decision, too.”

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~ by mlb2007playoffs on November 11, 2007.

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