Cashman denies Yankees talking A-Rod trade with Marlins
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has denied a published report that suggested the Yankees have held discussions with the Miami Marlins about a potential Alex Rodriguez trade, telling MLB.com that it is “not true.”
Citing sources close to both organizations, Keith Olbermann reported that the Yankees are willing to pay virtually all of the $114 million owed to Rodriguez through the 2017 season. Olbermann also reported that they would consider picking up less of the salary if the Yankees were able to acquire reliever Heath Bell in a potential deal.
It has been a rough postseason for Rodriguez, who has been benched twice by manager Joe Girardi — including in last night’s 2-1 loss to the Tigers in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series — and is 3-for-23 in the playoffs, going 0-for-18 with 12 strikeouts against right-handed pitching.
Rodriguez, of course, has a full no-trade clause built into the contract he signed with the Yankees after the 2007 season. He grew up in the Miami area and continues to make his offseason home there.