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Miami Marlins president David Samson said nothing is in the works regarding a possible trade with the Yankees for Alex Rodriguez.
“There have been no conversations between the Yankees and the Marlins,” Samson told MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro at a team community event in Miami.
Samson’s comment echoes what Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told reporters on Wednesday.
Asked how such a rumor would start, Samson replied: “We’re Miami.”
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.
Alex Rodriguez met with the media on the field while the Yankees were taking batting practice this afternoon prior to ALDS Game 5, discussing manager Joe Girardi’s decision to bench him in favor of Eric Chavez for the decisive game of the series against the Orioles.
Here is the transcript:
On Rodriguez’s reaction:
“Obviously I’m not happy and disappointed. You want to be in there in the worst way, but as I keep telling you guys, this isn’t a story about one person. This is about a team, and we have some unfinished business today. Our objective is to win one game tonight and keep this thing moving.”
On helping off the bench:
“Without question. I do know in 27 outs, a lot can happen. I’ll be ready.”
On feeling singled out:
“No. It is what it is. I can’t control that. The only thing I can do is go out and try to have some quality at-bats and help this team win.”
On being unhappy with himself or Girardi’s decision:
“It’s never about Joe. I always have to look in the mirror and do what I can do to do the best I can. Don’t assume you’ve heard the last from us or me.”
On if being benched is different than being pinch-hit for:
“I’m not going to get into that. We’re ready to go today. We’ve got one game and I’m part of this team. I’m ready to roll. I’ll be ready.”
- Thanks to MLB.com’s Steven Miller.
Before the Dodgers pulled the trigger on their big trade with the Red Sox last week, they asked the Yankees about the possibility of trading for CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
The Yankees told Dodgers executives that they had no interest in trading either player, according to the report. Sherman also noted that there were no signs that the Dodgers had any interest in acquiring Alex Rodriguez.
Los Angeles instead added first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pitcher Josh Beckett, outfielder Carl Crawford and infielder Nick Punto in a blockbuster, salary-dump with the Red Sox, agreeing to take on $260 million in future salary.
NEW YORK – Alex Rodriguez experienced a stiff neck during batting practice on Monday at Yankee Stadium and was moved to designated hitter in the Yankees’ lineup.
Rodriguez had been slated to play third base, batting third, as the Yankees open a three-game series with the Blue Jays. He remained in the same lineup spot, but Eric Chavez – batting eighth – moved from DH to third base.
Rodriguez was 2-for-5 with a two-run homer in the Yankees’ 10-8 loss to the Angels on Sunday, popping out with the bases loaded against Kevin Jepsen for the final out. He has 11 hits in his last 30 at-bats but is 4-for-13 on the homestand.