NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Tired of watching Alex Rodriguez play in pinstripes, Yankees fans?
There might be relief on the way, though that depends on who you believe.
The Yankees have had discussions with the Miami Marlins about shipping Rodriguez to South Florida, according to Keith Olbermann’s MLB.com-affiliated blog.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has denied that such a trade has been discussed, however, and other sources have said that the talks are premature at best.
“There are no discussions whatsoever,” Cashman said. “They are false. We are not down the line on any trade talks.”
Olbermann said that sources close to both organizations have confirmed that the Bronx Bombers would pay all — or the majority of — A-Rod’s exorbitant contract, which has five years remaining on it.
New York currently owes the 14-time All-Star $114 million. He will earn approximately $28 million in 2013, $23 million in 2014, $22 million in 2015, $21 million in 2016 and $20 million in 2017.
One scenario, Olbermann reported, would send embattled reliever Heath Bell to the Yankees in a trade for A-Rod. In that case, the Yankees wouldn’t pick up as much of Rodriguez’s salary, but would pick up Bell’s contract.
Bell lost his closer’s role early in the season after signing a three-year, $27 million deal in the winter, and had a very public feud with Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen.
The future Hall of Famer will be 42 years old when his contract expires.
One of the most controversial athletes in all of sports, A-Rod has had a nightmarish 2012 postseason — both on the field and off. He’s been the recipient of continuous boos at Yankee Stadium since the playoffs began, going 3-for-23 with 12 strikeouts.
He’s also been called out publicly on Twitter by Donald Trump, who said that the three-time American League MVP’s contract should be terminated. In a more embarrassing incident, A-Rod allegedly flirted with 33-year-old Australian bikini model Kyna Treacy during Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.
A native of Miami, the 18-year veteran batted .272 with 18 home runs and 57 RBIs for the Yankees in 2012.
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