Alexrodriguezpicture1One thing you have to love about the Minor Leagues is that a lot of those clubs sure have a sense of humor.

After Alex Rodriguez opted to opt out of his 10-year, $252 million deal (they’re partying in the streets of Arlington), George Steinbrenner’s son, Hank, offered this response to the New York Times: "Does he want to go into the Hall of Fame as a Yankee, or a Toledo Mud Hen?"

Well, the Mud Hens heard ol’ Hank’s comment and decided to see for themselves. Apparently, the Triple-A club — International League rivals of the Jays’ Syracuse affiliate — sent a contract proposal to A-Rod’s agent, Scott Boras.

The proposal included bonuses for hitting 75 home runs and for helping lead the Hens to 10 straight International League titles. Toledo even sent an image of Rodriguez on a Hall of Fame plaque, wearing a Mud Hens hat.

There was one catch, though. The deal said that A-Rod would have to compete for a spot at third base with Mike Hessman, who won the league MVP last season.

"Would your client be willing to play a different position?" the letter asked.



    I see ESPN is reporting that A-Rod was looking for 350 mil from the yankees. Did he get hit in the head by a few pitches. I think he is the best ball player of my time, probably of all time, but it’s obvious his greed supercedes the game.


    This circus is going to be interesting, since it’s starting to look like Greed-Rod is burning bridges. I think his announcement of opting out has really concerned a lot of potential bidders.

    Gone are the Yanks-the one team that really wanted him-and unless Greed-Rod goes back on bended knee and accepts a lower salary than he was previous paid Cashman will not have the credibility to sign him.

    I doubt whether Boston would take the chance of mixing him with Manny and Ortiz-and besides Lowell is a better option who performs in the playoffs.

    California are questioning whether he’s worth the money.

    So who’s left-The Mets and possibly the Cubbies and San Francisco.

    Maybe that offer from the Mud Hens is starting to look good.

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