View Full Version : Selig pushing for A-Rod deal

12-18-2003, 01:39 AM
we have learned in Boston that Sean McAdam is right most times scooping the Boston Globe and Herald



Gene Orza, counsel for the Players' Association, deems the restructuring of Alex Rodriguez's contract as unacceptable, but Commissioner Bud Selig reportedly wants the deal to go through.

01:58 AM EST on Thursday, December 18, 2003

Journal Sports Writer

BOSTON -- Just as it seemed nearing completion yesterday, the proposed mega-deal between the Red Sox and Texas Rangers involving Manny Ramirez and Alex Rodriguez was all but killed by the refusal of the Players Association to approve a restructuring of Rodriguez' contract.

But late last night, baseball sources indicated that the trade was being brought back to life by, of all people, commissioner Bud Selig.

According to sources close to the Commissioner's office, Selig intends to step in today and attempt to broker an agreement with the players' union that would allow the trade -- terms of which have been agreed upon by the Red Sox, Rangers and Rodriguez himself -- to go through. Selig will either try to work out an acceptable compromise or, if he cannot, convince the union to reverse its decision. If he cannot, sources say he is willing to take the case to an independent arbitrator in an attempt to overturn the ruling.

The Red Sox had sought some relief from Rodriguez's record-setting pact -- a 10-year deal worth $252 million -- in an effort to make the trade more palatable and free some money for the Sox to help subsidize some of Ramirez's remaining contract, worth $97.5 million over the next five seasons. The Sox and Rodriguez had agreed on adjustments to be made to Rodriguez's contract, which has $179 million remaining.

Online at: http://www.projo.com/redsox/content/projo_20031218_18nusox.30a5f1.html

12-18-2003, 02:11 AM

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