• A-Rod About To Sign Deal Which Will End MLB Career?

    Posted by on December 17th, 2013 · Comments (5)

    There’s no way anyone will let him play again if he does a tell-all book and documentary. The story, via the Post

    Alex Rodriguez is about to seal a multimillion dollar deal for a tell-all book about his legal battle with MLB, with which he plans to lift the lid on the “full dirt of Major League Baseball’s tactics” he claims have been used against him.

    Sources exclusively tell Page Six that HarperCollins and Random House are two of the top publishers battling for the real A-Rod story, and that a deal could be signed in the next few weeks.

    Alex has also recently had several meetings with filmmaker Billy Corben — whose work includes the acclaimed “Cocaine Cowboys,” which depicts Miami drug culture in the 1970s and ’80s — about making a documentary about his battle to stay on the field.

    A source tells us: “A number of publishers are vying for the book, with offers coming in over $5 million. Alex has met with several publishers over the past few weeks and has meetings with others right after the new year.

    “This book is going to go into the real low-down dirt of MLB tactics and collusion with the Yankees to get him out of the game. Alex has also had meetings with Billy Corben on a ‘30 for 30’-type documentary about his story.”

    Corben’s studio, Rakontur, set up with partner Alfred Spellman, produced “The U,” a documentary about the championship history of the University of Miami football program for ESPN’s “30 for 30” series. It became the highest-rated documentary in the network’s 30-year history when it debuted in December 2009. Alex has long-standing ties with the university.

    The source noted it’s unlikely ESPN would screen an A-Rod doc, given its close relationship with MLB, but Corben could take it to HBO.

    The Yankee third baseman is waiting to hear if his 211-game suspension will be upheld by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz but remains optimistic that he will be allowed to play next season. The ruling is expected to be handed down in January.

    The lucrative book deal comes at a good time. Alex’s legal fees from this process will be astronomical and, if he is suspended, he could lose more than a year’s pay — $25 million for 2014.

    Comments on A-Rod About To Sign Deal Which Will End MLB Career?

    1. Greg H.
      December 18th, 2013 | 1:04 pm

      Lol… Keep wishing Steve. As tawdry as this will be, I don’t see how this ends his career. Am I missing something?

    2. MJ Recanati
      December 18th, 2013 | 2:07 pm

      Greg H. wrote:

      As tawdry as this will be, I don’t see how this ends his career. Am I missing something?

      I guess it all depends on whether or not you believe that the Yankees will eventually just bite the bullet and buy Rodriguez out of his contract. Assuming they do that, it wouldn’t surprise me to see the other 29 clubs treat a free agent Rodriguez in the same way Bonds was treated when he was a free agent (unofficial blackball). If the Yanks don’t buy Rodriguez out and make him a free agent then, no, any book/movie deal would not impact his future career for the next four years that he’s under contract.

    3. redbug
      December 18th, 2013 | 6:48 pm

      @ MJ Recanati:

      I wish he would, but why would Arod accept a buy-out?

    4. redbug
      December 18th, 2013 | 7:12 pm

      Plus…I can’t imagine why anyone would want to read his book or watch a documentary.

    5. Greg H.
      December 18th, 2013 | 8:33 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      I guess it all depends on whether or not you believe that the Yankees will eventually just bite the bullet and buy Rodriguez out of his contract. Assuming they do that, it wouldn’t surprise me to see the other 29 clubs treat a free agent Rodriguez in the same way Bonds was treated when he was a free agent (unofficial blackball). If the Yanks don’t buy Rodriguez out and make him a free agent then, no, any book/movie deal would not impact his future career for the next four years that he’s under contract.

      Ok I see. I really don’t see that happening until the roster spot is worth more than his ability. Certainly not the case yet.

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