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.