We’ve been over this a few times, but people keep asking about it so here it is one more time — Brian Cashman confirming that he has not shopped Alex Rodriguez around and nobody has called to talk trades for him either.
“I’ve already been on record right after the postseason, we’re not trading Alex,” Yankees GM Brian Cashman told Chad Jennings of the Journal News. “So hopefully the Alex stuff stops. I’m reiterating, we’re not trading Alex Rodriguez. I’ve talked to every team in baseball, I have not offered Alex in any trade, and you’ll be able to confirm that with them. … No, (no team has asked about Rodriguez’s availability). They probably read my comments.”
A-Rod, of course, has five years and $114 million left on his contract plus another potential $30 million in historic bonus clauses for hitting home runs. On top of that albatross type contract, he has a full no trade clause which makes trading him very hard.
Not impossible though and this is certainly the type of thing that they will want to keep quiet. If he is going to waive his no trade clause it would be best if there wasn’t weeks of speculation or build up that could potentially humiliate him into not waiving his NTC. The best way to get him to waive it would probably be to wait until a deal is on the table and quietly make a case directly to A-Rod as to why it will not only help the Yankees but him as well. Otherwise he’ll probably just try to save face and stay in New York.
It probably won’t happen though. Expect more speculation during the Winter Meetings in Dec. though. It’s A-Rod, it’s going to happen.