Japanese team asked Yankees about Alex Rodriguez during offseason

alex-rodriguezA lot of fans wanted to see the Yankees trade Alex Rodriguez after last season ended so miserably for him. His contract, though, makes him next to impossible to trade. But while American teams certainly wouldn’t touch him it sounds like at least one Japanese team is open to the possibility of a deal.

The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks contacted the Yankees through an intermediary last November to express interest in a possible deal, according to Ken Belson and David Waldstein of the NY Times.

The Yankees knew that A-Rod would eventually need hip surgery that would keep him out for nearly a year though so they never engaged in talks. Which is a shame because it potentially could have gotten the Yankees out from underneath the five-years and $114 million deal they still owe him.

Don’t be too upset though because it never would have happened as A-Rod has a full no trade clause. There is a very good likelihood that even had a deal been worked out that the Yankees would still be on the hook for a very large  portion of his contract. So it’s very unlikely to be revisited this offseason if/when he is healthy.

Perhaps down the road, maybe in the final year or two in his deal, this could maybe be revisited. It seems unlikely at any point, but maybe eventually the Yankees could sell this to A-Rod. After all, at a certain point it might be more embarrassing for him to sit on the bench than to be a star in Japan.

A-Rod is still at least a month away from a return although he is down in Tampa rehabbing from his offseason hip surgery.

• Derek Jeter is also down in Tampa rehabbing and he took 25 dry swings and took 20 grounders for the first time since his setback. Joe Girardi has said that A-Rod is further along in his rehab than Jeter.

• Fourth round pick shortstop Tyler Wade tweeted that he is on his way to Florida, presumably to sign a deal. He’s slotted for about $371K.

• Sixth round pick shortstop John Murphy has already signed. No word on how much he signed for, but his slot is worth about $208K.

• 13th round pick RHP Cale Coshow has also signed. Every pick after the 10th is slotted for $100K.

• 15th round pick outfielder Jordan Barnes has signed too.

• 22nd round pick outfielder Derek Toadvine says he will sign, but hasn’t yet.

• 30th round pick outfielder Cody Thomas will not sign. He’s going to Oklahoma to play football instead. He was ranked No. 165 by Baseball America before the draft and only slid to the Yankees because most teams probably figured he’d play baseball.

• 31st round draft pick shortstop Kevin Cornelius agreed to a deal pending a physical.

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Photo credit: (October 17, 2012 – Source: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America).

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