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UPDATE: Olbermann’s Yankees-Marlins A-Rod trade report already shot down

Oct 17, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

UPDATE: That was fast:


And let’s not forget that A-Rod has a full no-trade clause. If he was going to allow a trade anywhere it may be Miami because he lives there, but really, this makes no sense.

3:15 PM: Take this with a considerably large grain of salt. Because while, yes, Keith Olbermann is a member of the media — formerly a member of the sports media — and while he likely has contacts with the New York Yankees given who he is, where his season tickets are and all of that stuff, this doesn’t seem terribly plausible:

The New York Yankees have held discussions with the Miami Marlins about a trade involving their third baseman in crisis, Alex Rodriguez.

Sources close to both organizations confirm the Yankees would pay all – or virtually all – of the $114,000,000 Rodriguez is owed in a contract that runs through the rest of this season and the next five. One alternative scenario has also been discussed in which the Yankees would pay less of Rodriguez’s salary, but would obtain the  troubled Marlins’ reliever Heath Bell and pay what remains of the three-year, $27,000,000 deal Bell signed last winter.

Not plausible from a baseball perspective — why in the hell would the Yankees want Heath Bell? — but also implausible given the timing of it all. Since when do teams in the freaking playoffs have trade discussions with anyone? Also: Olbermann doesn’t really report baseball news, so I’m not sure why he’d get this sort of thing before anyone else.

It’s not crazy to think that the Yankees will try to shop Rodriguez this winter. But I have a really hard time believing that there is anything to this beyond loose “what if” chatter over the dregs of a bottle of scotch.

  1. number42is1 - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:18 PM


    • number42is1 - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:19 PM


      • number42is1 - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:20 PM


    • dexterismyhero - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:21 PM


      Olbermann’s head is bigger than Peyton Mannings and yet he has far fewer brains………

      • paperlions - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:57 PM

        I’m fairly certain they have the same number of brains. One is pretty standard for Homo sapiens.

      • stex52 - Oct 17, 2012 at 4:11 PM

        Silly Rumor of the Day: Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a winner!!

        I would assume that every GM in the league has some type of certificate in his files attesting to his sanity. Even if it turns out A-Rod is still suffering from his hand injury and came back at his average OPS (mid 800’s) for the last four years, it’s a bad deal. Looking at his WAR’s, it’s worse. Then you can start talking about age.

        Not even the Dodgers or the Angels would bite on this one.

      • skids003 - Oct 18, 2012 at 8:06 AM

        Keith Olbermann is the biggest fool in the media. And that says a lot. I guess he is feeling insecure, and nobody is paying him any attention, so he comes up with something outrageous, which is about all he’s good for. Total idiot.

      • azvikefan - Oct 18, 2012 at 4:51 PM

        Olbermann is also a dickless liberal.

    • Old Gator - Oct 17, 2012 at 5:56 PM


    • pjmarn6 - Oct 17, 2012 at 9:41 PM

      Before you pass go, would the Yankees want to keep Rodriguez for next year. I am looking at a lot of rebuilding will be going on. Getting rid of any part of Rodriquez’s ridiculous salary would help. And he is a distraction one would like to get rid of.

  2. cdeangelus - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    The Dodgers bought what the Red Sox were selling. *Anything* is possible.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:34 PM

      Except even the Yankees wouldn’t want to do this deal. So essentially the Yanks would pay 80-90% of Arods salary, trade him to a team for a crappy reliever and pay 100% of his remaining salary? Why not just cut Arod and open the roster spot? There’s zero benefit to getting Bell back.

      The Red Sox got decent prospects back in their salary dump, this is just replacing someone’s crap with shit.

      • djpostl - Oct 17, 2012 at 4:31 PM

        If the money ends up being the same (either straight dumping Arod’s deal and eating the remaining balance) or taking on Bell’s deal it would make complete sense.

        Bell was a good reliever. He might be able to return to form. Worst case scenario is he doesn’t then you dump him and eat the balance due.

        Either way…the numbers add up the same and all it costs you is some spring training innings to see if Bell is salvageable.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Oct 17, 2012 at 4:29 PM

      Because the Dodgers only traded for the playoff push in 2012, see, even though Carl Crawford wasn’t going to play until 2013, and the 3 main players are signed through at least 2015.

      Beckett: 2.93 ERA. 38 K / 43 Innings
      Gonzalez: .297 BA. 31 RP / 36 Games

      You’re laughing way too soon.

  3. sictransitchris - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    bravo sierra

    • bigharold - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      Does that come from thjte same dictionary as Alfa Mike Foxtrot??

    • b7p19 - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      Rueben Sierra? True Yankee.

    • mrwillie - Oct 17, 2012 at 4:04 PM

      And Olbermann is a delta bravo.

      • pisano - Oct 17, 2012 at 5:24 PM

        ….and a liberal lunatic.

  4. Stiller43 - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    I hope this happens. If, for no other reason, than to see OG’s head explode.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:29 PM

      I gotta’ admit Stiller…Gator is the first person I thought of when I read this. Then I laughed.

      • Old Gator - Oct 17, 2012 at 11:40 PM

        See below. I was taken immediately to the Tyrrel Pyramid for cranial reconstitution.

  5. lazlosother - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    I don’t think they’ll shop him, they would have to pay about all of his salary + replacement cost. A combo of Nix, Nunez and Chavez isn’t going to cut it. They are stuck, probably for the next 5 years.

    On a side note I hear they keep Hank in a supply closet, trussed up like Hannibal Lecter.

  6. cosanostra71 - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    oh Keith Olbermann

  7. crush1128 - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    what bs. olbermann is desperate.

  8. wynams - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    NYY, ARod and Olbermann all wish they were still relevant

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 17, 2012 at 5:10 PM

      Are the Yanks still in the ALCS, or were they replaced by someone else? Not sure how they couldn’t be any more relevant.

  9. 18thstreet - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    I understand Olberman used to host a sports show of some kind. It seems possible that he has valid sources.

    It’s not like he hosted SportsCenter in 1820.

    • paperlions - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:59 PM

      It isn’t even clear that people that still work at ESPN have credible sources….much less guys that were NEVER reporters and only worked in studio.

      • 18thstreet - Oct 17, 2012 at 5:15 PM

        All I said was that it’s possible. This isn’t Larry King spreading rumors based on a conversation at a deli. This is a former ESPN employee spreading rumors based on conversations at a deli.

        Whatever it is, I don’t believe Olberman is just making stuff up. His politics and abrasive personality can cloud our judgments here. Does he have a history of making stuff up? (I honestly don’t know.) And please don’t confuse his political punditry — which is often based on assumptions for even the best pundits — with reporting.

        Not defending the guy. Just saying he didn’t necessarily make this up.

      • 18thstreet - Oct 17, 2012 at 5:17 PM

        That said, even I gave a thumbs-up to PaperLions.

  10. thebadguyswon - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Its conceivable, simply because the Fish could play Arod at first base. But there’s no way the Yanks pay the entire freight. Maybe a 60/40 split, with the Yankees paying around 90M of the 150M left on the contract. Bell would definitely be part of the deal and maybe throw in a guy like Scott Cousins, who could join the Yankees bench.

  11. Kevin Gillman - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Craig, this must have been reported by Keith Olbermann’s “eyebrows” and not from Keith himself…LOL Although I have a feeling this might be talked more about in December.

  12. marinersnate - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    “Take this with a considerably large grain of salt. ”

    I take ANYTHING this ‘reporter’ says with a large grain of salt.

  13. chill1184 - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Damm aren’t we supposed to wait until after the WS to get into absurd trade proposals?

    • chumthumper - Oct 18, 2012 at 9:04 AM

      Considering the Bronx Bumblers aren’t giving them anything to write about and game 4 lumes as a mere formality, the media gotta fabricate something to stir the pot.

  14. dutchman1350 - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    To this day I am surprised a MLB team has tried to void a contract to to PED use.

    • chill1184 - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:56 PM

      I think its because of the bog down the players union would give a team for pulling such a move

  15. buffalomafia - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    A-Rod for David Wright?

    • chill1184 - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:58 PM

      Alderson would laugh and hang up the phone

    • uscthom78 - Oct 17, 2012 at 9:15 PM

      Cano for benny aygbayani

  16. b7p19 - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Um, I know he’s overpaid, but if the Yankees are going to pay his salary anyway why not have a really good third baseman playing for them while they do it? I mean, am I missing something here? A-Rod is old and declining, but still very useful. If you’re paying him, why not play him?

  17. randygnyc - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    I wouldn’t believe olbermann about anything and beyond that, I hate his guts. One of the few people on the planet I wouldn’t mind seeing harm come upon his person;
    But, with that said, mike Francessa just read a statement on air that claims the same thing as olbermann does, but attributed to Dan Duquette. FYI.

    • b7p19 - Oct 17, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      Wow, that is a really strong way to feel about a TV personality.

    • someguyinva - Oct 17, 2012 at 4:46 PM

      Mike Barnicle suggested an A-Rod to the Marlins trade this morning during the sports segment of Morning Joe, not as a rumor but rather as a solution to the Yankees’ A-Rod problem.

  18. Stephen Jay - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Which contract is worse: A-Rod or Ryan Howard? A-Rod has 5 years/$114 million remaining, and Howard has 4 years/$105 remaining.

    • mrwillie - Oct 17, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      As a hater of both the Yanks and Phillies, I find both contract to be equally wonderful.

    • surefooted1 - Oct 17, 2012 at 4:37 PM

      I think Cliff lee’s remaining 4/$102.5m or 4/$87.5m if bought out has to be up there as well.

      • mJankiewicz - Oct 17, 2012 at 4:56 PM

        I know! Cliff Lee only had 6 wins this year! He’s terrible!!! I mean he did throw 211 innings with a 3.16 ERA averaging almost a strikeout an inning so at least he’s trying a little but come on! 6 wins??? Totally washed up.

  19. weaselpuppy - Oct 17, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Shocker…something Olberman says is egregiously wrong, inflammatory and only flirts with facts and reality? Reminds me of his political “work”….

    Keith, buddy…’re a tool. Actually you’re the entire Tool Shed. Construction site size.

    No one wants to hear from you anymore. You should be prepping for your lawsuit about how you’ve been unfairly treated everywhere you’ve been FIRED. Because, really, those cases need some help. Like resurrect Johnny Cochran type help….

    I fully expect him to go full blown Kacszinski and rant over ham radio about the “dark cabal” that runs the media blackballing him….I can see him stroking his Duck Dynasty beard surrounded by hundreds of jars of urine plotting his great comeback…..hate to blow your bubble, Keith, but if Current TV whacked you and they keep Al Gore after he said the light air in Denver caused Obama’s trainwreck of a debate (after he did just fine there in 2008…hmmm..), then you sir, have the credibility of Jose Canseco (on any subject except steroids, that is)

  20. raider2124 - Oct 17, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Keith overbite is the biggest Pompus a-hole in the media. His rating were the worst in news. Nobody except the Brain dead left could stomach his idiocricy. The world is a better place without him flapping his pie whole.

  21. Old Gator - Oct 17, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Okay (pant, pant) – I’ve got my breath back now. Dammit, keep pulling those same ribcage muscles when I laugh that hard.

    I have to ask myself, are the Feesh really desperate enough to rid themselves of Bell to take on A-Rod for practically nothing?

    Ummm…well, A-Rod does fit the mold of the typical Feesh third baseman, insofar as he is not actually a third baseman.


  22. dannythebisforbeast - Oct 17, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    AROD in Florida. C’mon there’s like 3 chicks in the whole stadium to blow kisses at. Never happen

  23. mackie66 - Oct 17, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Olbermann is an idiot,

  24. tfbuckfutter - Oct 17, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    A-Rod to the Marlins makes all kind of sense.

    Once he’s on a last place team he will obviously revert back to “MVP” caliber performance.

    Especially since his “cousin” lives in Miami.

    He can churn out 50 roided up HRs a year without affecting any actual baseball races and everyone can pretend he’s no a fraud and things go back to normal.

    “Yay! He broke Hank Aaron (I mean Barry Bond’s) record…..but didn’t effect the outcome of any meaningful games….yay! Everyone is happy! Idiots saw their tainted hero break a tainted record, and true fans watched a punchless World Series!

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