A-Rod hoping to escape Texas mess

Alex Rodriguez is being villified by many baseball fans for wanting to bail from Texas.

Updated: December 23, 2003, 10:18 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
This is all academic now as the Red Sox are claiming their deal for Alex Rodriguez is dead because of the disapproval from the Players Association, but I got a ton of response to my piece on it yesterday and I'd like to thank those of you who took the time to write. Scanning the site lines this morning, only one article even hints at a possibility that Rodriguez could still end up in a Red Sox uniform next season. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News writes that if the Rangers would soften their financial demands a bit, the Sox could then remove that which offended the union so much from their contract offer to A-Rod. He believes it has come too far for the parties to back away now.

Here is a sampling of the mail I got on yesterday's piece in which I suggested A-Rod's shifting teams would be good for him and his fellow players in the long run:

    Jim: Why can't players make their current teams better? What is the deal with players wanting to play for contenders? If you knew the guys you were going to be playing with had no shot why sign with them? A-Rod signed a contract to play with a team. Now he should wade in the cesspool he signed with and honor that contract. If he wanted to play for a contender he should have signed with the team that drafted him and the $125 million they offered him. Here is one fan that is happy A-Rod and the Rangers are stuck together. Greed will keep A-Rod in Texas through the prime of his career and most likely from a championship that he so desires.
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