A-Rod to Miami Talks Could Gain Steam

by kelly on October 18, 2012

There is no question that Alex Rodriguez’s days with the New York Yankees are numbered. The aging slugger has been pinch hit for and benched during the postseason and the Bronx Bombers appear ready to go forward without him. But there’s that contract – A-Rod is still owed $114 million over the next five seasons – that will make it very difficult to move him.

But Wallace Matthews and Andrew Marchland of ESPN New York write that talks of A-Rod being traded to Miami have already taken place on a casual level and could become reality this winter. Rodriguez is from Miami and would likely approve a trade there, and the Marlins, who spent wildly last offeason, may be able to dump the Heath Bell contract on the Yankees in a deal for the 37-year-old third baseman, Matthews and Marchland speculate.

Yankees G.M. Brian Cashman has insisted that no talks have taken place, as his team is focused on getting out of a 3-0 hole in the ALCS against the Detroit Tigers. Other sources say otherwise, however.

Rodriguez is a 14-time All Star and is the active career home run leader with 647. But the slugger has seen a decline in his overall performance in recent years, seeing his OPS decline from a MLB-leading 1.067 in 2007 to .783 in 2012. Overall in 2012, he hit .282 with 18 home runs and 57 RBI in 122 games.

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