You always have to maximize the return on your investment. This is exactly how the Yankees have to approach the situation with A-Rod if they unload him.

It’s not a pretty situation for the New York Yankees and Alex Rodriguez right now.  The Yankees owe A-Rod $114 million over the next five years of his remaining contract.  A-Rod is coming off of a dismal postseason by only hitting 3-for-25 with 0 RBI and 12 strikeouts.  This is a rough situation for both parties.

A-Rod has a no-trade clause and could veto any deal that the Yankees might try to put in place.  He mentioned after an 8-1 loss by the Yankees to the Detroit Tigers in Game 4 of the ALCS that he would return to the Yankees next season.

There is a popular thought by fans that the Yankees should just get rid of A-Rod no matter what they get in return.  This is simply a silly thought.  The Yankees have invested in Alex Rodriguez.  Sure, the investment currently isn’t as valuable as they envisioned, but that doesn’t mean that the Yankees should just say the heck with it and pick up the tab on A-Rod’s contract and send him packing.

If the Yanks send him packing, they better get something for him.  There isn’t a smart businessman alive that just cuts their losses without trying to maximize the value of their investment at the same time.  This is exactly what the Yankees need to do.

Brian Noe is the Brand Manager at 104.5 The Team, ESPN Radio in Albany, NY.  Brian also hosts “The Noe Show” weekdays from 1-3 pm ET on WTMM.