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The SoftBank Hawks had interest in A-Rod this past winter

Jun 10, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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In a development whose significance will be mostly felt by columnists looking for new angles with which to mock and marginalize Alex Rodriguez, we learn this from the New York Times:

Last November, the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks reached out to the Yankees through an intermediary and expressed interest in obtaining Rodriguez, according to two baseball officials who were told of the informal inquiry. The Yankees never engaged the Hawks in discussions because they knew it could not work for two obvious reasons.

Obvious reasons: A-Rod has no-trade protection and the Hawks didn’t realize that A-Rod was slated for hip surgery that was going to keep him out months.

Too bad. It would be a lot of fun to see all of the people who say they wished A-Rod would just go away constantly talking about what A-Rod was doing in Japan.

  1. fanofevilempire - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    I was wondering, what might you get in return for A-Rod?

    • albertmn - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      A bag of BP balls and the right/obligation to likely still pay 50-80% of his contract?

      • fanofevilempire - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        come on man, behave yourself.

      • quintjs - Jun 10, 2013 at 4:31 PM

        fanofevil – that is actually a fair comment from albertmn. Everyone in baseball had the opportunity to sign A-Rod to this contract in 2007 and no one apart from the Yankees wanted anything to do with it. And now the productive parts of the contract are over. He literally has no trade value – almost all players on big contracts have no trade value, because no one else was willing to pay that amount in free agency, and now they are expected to pay it and trade a few players?

  2. specialkindofstupid - Jun 10, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    President Truman is as patient as he is cruel. Almost 68 years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, he almost drops Alex Rodriguez on Japan.

  3. romoscollarbone - Jun 10, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    10 yrs 300 million dollars (with all the bells and whistles), and they didn’t even bother to front-load it. It’s really astounding, I wonder how much more they made in 09 from winning than opposed to a regular competitive season.

  4. denny65 - Jun 10, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Has Korea called? Taiwan? India, maybe? Come on, there’s lot’s of countries still to go. Keep the faith, Yankees’ front office.

  5. asimonetti88 - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    I went to a Hawks/Yomiuri Giants game on my recent vacation to Japan. Very fun! The Japanese game is different, from the play on the field to the fans in the stands. It would be entertaining to see how the fans would react to a player like A-Rod in Japan.

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