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Rosenthal: Cubs won't get A-Rod

Postby The Big Train » Tue Sep 25, 2007 8:37 am

Ken Rosenthal:

"The Cubs are not getting Alex Rodriguez.

Whether or not you believe a New York magazine report that agent Scott Boras has discussed a new deal for A-Rod with the leading candidate to be the Cubs' next owner, consider the obstacles:

A-Rod must decide whether to opt out of his Yankees' contract within 10 days of the conclusion of the World Series, well before the Cubs' next owner is likely to be determined.

Even if the selection process were accelerated, it is doubtful that Major League Baseball would approve any group that might — as its first act — establish an industry standard with Rodriguez.

The Cubs already have four players signed to massive contract through at least 2010 — first baseman Derrek Lee, third baseman Aramis Ramirez, left fielder Alfonso Soriano and right-hander Carlos Zambrano.

Rodriguez, 32, would need to return to shortstop — a position he hasn't played regularly since 2003 — for as long as the Cubs kept Ramirez, who holds a full no-trade clause through '10 and is signed through '11.

Anything is possible, and if A-Rod left the Yankees, Boras almost certainly would market him at both shortstop and third base. He also would sell him to both leagues, even though Rodriguez is believed to prefer the American League, where he has spent his entire 14-year career.

You can bet that Cubs manager Lou Piniella would be an advocate for signing A-Rod, whom he managed with the Mariners, lobbying for him publicly and privately. But that's where this game of connect-the-dots would end.

John Canning, a Chicago-based private-equity investor, is thought to be the front-runner to buy the Cubs. He is a friend of commissioner Bud Selig. He had a stake in the Brewers when Selig owned the team.

Selig generally handpicks owners with whom he is familiar — and whom he can trust to be fiscally conservative.

There will be nothing conservative about A-Rod's next contract."
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Re: Rosenthal: Cubs won't get A-Rod

Postby jbauer2485 » Thu Sep 27, 2007 1:18 am

“This feels like home. It’s hard to believe that I played for another two organizations. So much has happened to me here, adversity, some success, that I feel like anything but New York feels weird for me now.”

Arod's postgame comments after clinching the playoffs. I know you can't take these types of comments for fact, but it's still looking more and more like he's going to be staying. I've believed from the beginning that there's no way he's leaving, and I still don't even think he's going to opt out.
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Re: Rosenthal: Cubs won't get A-Rod

Postby mrkrab2003 » Fri Sep 28, 2007 12:37 am

of course he is going to make a comment like this after the cub story earlier this week. i still say it is 50-50
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