Originally written on The Sports Rocker  |  Last updated 10/18/12
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With the Yankees on the verge of postseason elimination, third baseman Alex Rodriguez has become the center of controversy. Manager Joe Girardi decided to bench Rodriguez for game 3 of the ALCS, igniting rumors that he was done in New York, and even rumors that the Yankees were shopping him already.I know Alex Rodriguez's postseason isn't exactly going to script, but isn't it a bit awkward for the Yankees to be actively shopping A-Rod during the postseason, even if it is an anonymous source?According to ESPN, a casual conversation about Rodriguez between Yankees President Randy Levine and Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria "may develop into serious trade talks this offseason". Let me emphasize part of that last sentence: may develop into serious trade talks this winter.So, this should be a non-story, right? I'm sure people that usually have those types of conversations have "casual conversations" about deals all the time. And probably even joke about it.From the same article:According to the source, Levine and Loria discussed the possibility of A-Rod playing in Miami, his hometown, but characterized it as a joke between old friends.The conversation between the Yankees and Marlins initially was reported by Keith Olbermann on his MLB.com "Nerd Blog." Variety also reported the news.First of all, Olbermann hasn't been relevant in the sports world for some years now since he left ESPN to host his own show at MSNBC. And now it sounds like he's in the breaking news business for MLB.com. I read through a lot of his blog posts, which are well written about all kinds of baseball things, but this is the first instance I can find that he might be writing about "breaking news."As for ESPN saying Variety also reported the news, I can't find anything to back that up. Seriously, the only thing I can find online that mentions Variety and Alex Rodriguez is the original ESPN article.ESPN also said in the same article, "A second source with knowledge of Rodriguez's thinking said the likely only place Rodriguez eventually would accept a trade to is Miami." Super, two anonymous sources. And this one has "knowledge of Rodriguez's thinking." This source is a mind reader? Anyone with knowledge of my thinking would know that I would like to make $60 thousand a year writing this blog, but that isn't happening any time soon. They may also tell you I'd like to live at the beach, which would also be true. But wouldn't that also be true for a lot of people? Saying Rodriguez would like to play in Miami is like saying fish would prefer to be in water.Even if Levine and Loria were joking around, do you really think Levine would be having serious discussions about A-Rod during the playoffs? I think someone may have heard something from a friend of a friend, and ESPN went with it. And now this has been one of their bigger stories over the last few days. But it's not a story. It's a fabrication. I'm not saying the conversation between Levine and Loria didn't happen, but ESPN has blown this way out of proportion. I wouldn't be surprised if they already have a photoshopped picture of A-Rod in a Marlins uniform.Considering Loria's history of being a cheapskate with his own players, why would anyone think he's going to take on Rodriguez, or why would the Yankees pay half of Rodriguez's salary for the next three years (which would be about $15 million per) for another team?Call me skeptical, but this whole thing reeks of ESPN manufacturing a news story where there isn't one.
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