Keith Olbermann posted an “Exclusive” story on his MLB blog today that said that the Yankees were in talks with the Marlins about a trade that would involve Alex Rodriguez.
To Olbermann’s credit, he noted that he had no idea how serious the talks were. All he knew was that the talks had happened. From what Olbermann had gathered, the Yankees were prepared to “pay all – or virtually all – of the $114,000,000 Rodriguez is owed” over the next five years. And if that didn’t work out, an alternative proposal was for the Yankees to pay less of A-Rod’s salary and to take back Heath Bell and what remains of his $27,000,000 deal.
Olbermann even goes on to say that a source close to the Marlins’ ownership believes that the “trade made sense for both sides, and would eventually be made in some form.”
But within an hour of Olbermann’s report, Bryan Hoch, who covers the Yankees for MLB.com, had contacted Brian Cashman and Cashman shot the whole thing down.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman says a report of A-Rod discussions with Marlins is “not true.”
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) October 17, 2012
Do we think the Yankees are against trading A-Rod, especially after his behavior lately? Not all.
Do we think the Marlins would be desperate enough to take an A-Rod nearing his last leg? Of course.
Do we think Keith Olbermann was really on to something here? Yes we do.
H/T Hardball Talk