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Anyone hoping that the New York Yankees would trade Alex Rodriguez this offseason can forget about that happening. It is no longer even a possibility. We more or less can now conclude that there is virtually no chance whatsoever that the Yankees trade Rodriguez, especially considering the Miami Marlins were the only team who may have been willing to acquire him. But given the Marlins latest and more shameful fire sale, it all but guarantees that Rodriguez will be playing for the Yankees in 2013 and beyond. I am sorry to be the one to break the bad news to Yankees Universe. I am sure that many of you were hoping New York would finally rid themselves of Rodriguez and his massive ego. And his massive contract as well. It just isn’t going to happen. Could the Marlins take on Rodriguez if the Yankees agree to pay about $112 of the $114 million remaining on his deal? Sure. Just don’t hold your breath. The Yankees aren’t looking to unload him quite that badly. Plus, Miami has made it clear that they have absolutely no plans to compete for the foreseeable future. Rodriguez would now have next to no interest in playing for a team who is going to be so bad. Although, there would be absolutely no pressure on him at all. He could hit .245 with 13 home runs and 57 RBI next year, and nobody would even notice. It is not as if there will be more than 8,000 people in attendance at any point next season, unless fans of Miami’s opponents buy the tickets that may have already been sold, but to people who will have absolutely no desire to actually show up to the game. Taxpayers who helped fund the majority of that ugly new ballpark for the Marlins should keep that in mind next year. When your despicable and disgraceful owner, Jeffrey Loria, tries to flash up on the score board the fact that the paid attendance for certain games may still be 22,000, that will pretty much never mean that anywhere near that number of people are actually in attendance. The Boston Red Sox tried that trick the past year. Nobody was buying it. All you had to do was open your eyes and look into the stands. Sure, it was a sell-out on paper, but many of those people were nowhere to be found. The same will happen with the Marlins. But thanks to more reprehensible behavior by Loria, Rodriguez will not be a part of it in 2013, or any other year. Like it or not Yankees fans, you are stuck with A-Rod for the foreseeable future.   The post MLB Rumors: No Chance Yankees Trade Alex Rodriguez Following Marlins Fire Sale appeared first on Hardball Chat Baseball Blog.

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