Former SportsCenter anchor Keith Olbermann started the rumor mill this afternoon when he reported that the Yankees and the Marlins had discussions involving a trade for Alex Rodriguez.
I didn’t immediately report on that rumor because it sounded a little too good to be true, it came from Keith Olbermann who is not exactly known for breaking recent baseball news, trade rumors don’t usually break during the playoffs, and Brian Cashman quickly denied that it was even true in the first place.
Well it turns out there may have been a bit of truth to it after all — the Yankees and Marlins did briefly discuss the possibility of shipping A-Rod to Miami.
Wallace Matthews and Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com reported that Yankees president Randy Levine and Marlins owner did indeed discuss the possibility. It started as a “joke between old friends” but it certainly could be something that is revisited again this offseason with a source saying that Miami may be the only team A-Rod, who has a full no-trade clause, would accept a trade to.
A-Rod is still owed $114 million over the next five years plus $4 million remaining in the unpaid portion of his signing bonus and potentially as much as $30 million more in historic bonus clauses for the amount of home runs he hits. An obvious stumbling block for any trade would be how much of that the Yankees would pick up. It isn’t completely crazy to think that Miami, looking for an attraction for their stadium, might be willing to pick up a decent chunk of that potentially $148 million.
It’s hard to imagine. A guy as proud as A-Rod, with that much money coming to him and a full no trade clause could actually be traded, but crazier things have happened. Like how he even got a 10-year, $275 million contract in the first place.