"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."http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/7261276
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