From Sam Borden of the News -
Speculation about the possibility of Alex Rodriguez getting traded will surely linger until he actually takes the field at the Stadium on Opening Day, but the embattled third baseman’s agent said yesterday that he has received assurances from GM Brian Cashman that there will be no A-Rod auction this winter.
Scott Boras, who negotiated Rodriguez’s 10-year, $252 million contract, said he recently got a phone call from Cashman in which the GM was adamant that Rodriguez isn’t going anywhere.
“Brian Cashman and I had a discussion and he made it clear that he has no intention of trading Alex,” Boras told the Daily News, “and I told him that Alex Rodriguez has a no-trade clause.”
Boras then added, “There will be no movement of Alex Rodriguez this offseason.”
When reading this, I think back to what Steve Kelley wrote last month:
After the 2000 season, when he was a free agent and the baseball world was opening up to him like the dawning of a new era, the Mariners offered Alex Rodriguez their kingdom.
Ken Griffey Jr. was gone to Cincinnati. Randy Johnson had been traded to Houston and eventually was on his way to Arizona.
The Mariners were going to belong to A-Rod.
The team’s CEO, Howard Lincoln, put together golf dates for Rodriguez with the movers and shakers of the Northwest. He wooed A-Rod like a desperate college basketball coach.
And, publicly at least, the love was requited.
Toward the end of his last season in Seattle, Rodriguez was telling everyone how much he loved Seattle. He was saying he wanted to stay. He said he thought he could be part of a pennant contender for years to come.
He said he wanted to be like his hero, Cal Ripken Jr., and spend his entire career with one team.
In truth, Rodriguez didn’t know what he wanted when he was in Seattle. Sure, he wanted to play for a winner. He wanted to be recognized as one of the best players in the game. And he wanted to be loved.
But he told everybody exactly what he thought they wanted to hear. And his Seattle teammates watched and rolled their eyes.
Maybe Rodriguez was on his way to being the next big thing, but he never would be the next real thing.
His personality was as fake as a beauty contestant’s. He always was the most disingenuous man in the room. And nobody spots a fake quicker than a teammate.
And, I think back to something Scott Boras said back in December of 2003:
Said Scott Boras, who represents Rodriguez: “Tom Hicks has indicated he will not consider a trade [involving Rodriguez] in the immediate future. I take that to mean Alex will be back with the Rangers next season.
So, when digesting all this, I suggest that you expect nothing, but, be prepared for anything. To quote Cardinal Andújar: “There is one word in baseball that says it all, and that one word is ‘you-never-know’.”