Samson confirms no A-Rod conversations
MIAMI — Speculation continues to grow that the Marlins are targeting Alex Rodriguez in a trade with the Yankees.
But at a Marlins community event at Miami Edison Middle School on Thursday morning, team president David Samson said nothing is in the works.
“There have been no conversations between the Yankees and the Marlins,” Samson told MLB.com.
Samson’s comment confirms what Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told reporters on Wednesday.
“I’ve had no discussions whatsoever with the Marlins,” Cashman said prior to the Yankees and Tigers being rained out on Wednesday at Detroit. “I certainly would never have any trade discussions under the circumstances. … I can tell you there are no discussions whatsoever. We are not down the line on any trade talks on any of our players, including Alex, and I haven’t engaged any general manager about trade discussions since the [July 31 non-waiver Trade] Deadline, for the most part.”
Asked how a rumor would start, Samson replied: “We’re Miami.”
The possible trade connection was first reported in a blog by Keith Olbermann.
Rodriguez, who grew up in Miami, still has five years and a guaranteed $114 million remaining on his contract. Even if the Marlins had serious interest, a major issue would be how much of A-Rod’s salary Miami would absorb.
ESPN New York reported on Wednesday that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and Yankees president Randy Levine previously discussed the possible trade for Rodriguez. It was said to initially be done jokingly, but has since gained some steam.
Loria has been in Europe recently, and next week he is expected to attend the Marlins organizational meetings.
More than making any possible trades, the Marlins foremost are looking to settle several internal matters.
Manager Ozzie Guillen, who has three years remaining on his contract, has not been informed if he will return in the 2013. And there still is the possibility that there could be restructuring in the front office.
These decisions are being made solely by Loria.
— Joe Frisaro