MLB notes: Yankees ditching Alex Rodriguez?
By QMI Agency
|New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez reacts after returning to the dugout after his first at-bat in the sixth inning during Game 4 of the MLB ALCS baseball playoff series against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Michigan, October 18, 2012. (REUTERS)
With the New York Yankees seemingly souring on Alex Rodriguez, the veteran third baseman could be heading elsewhere.
Rodriguez won't lobby for a trade but is willing to move on, a source told USA Today. The big issue: A-Rod's contract has five years to go at $114 million.
Rodriguez has a no-trade clause in his contract and would go only to a big-market team -- perhaps the Los Angeles Angels or Chicago White Sox. The report suggests that Rodriguez be dealt to the Angels for outfielder Vernon Wells, who has two years and $42 million left on his contract.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have no interest, a source told CBSSports.com.
PUJOLS IN FOR KNEE SURGERY
Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols has undergone minor knee surgery.
Pujols had a "cleanup" arthroscopic procedure and should be ready for spring training, the St. Louis Post Dispatch has reported.
Pujols hit .285 with 30 homers and 105 RBI this season after signing with the Angels as a free agent. He suffered a knee injury in late August but continued to play.
The 31-year-old slugger spent the previous 11 seasons with the Cardinals.
SURGERY FIX FOR DICKEY
New York Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey had surgery Thursday to repair a lower abdominal muscle tear.
The 38-year-old pitcher said the injury caused him some pain throughout most of the season. Nonetheless, he won 20 games and was considered a leading candidate to the NL Cy Young Award.
The right-hander is aiming to get a multiyear contract from the Mets, and speculation pegs his value at about $13 million a season.
The Blue Jays claimed pitcher Tyson Brummett from the Philadelphia Phillies. The 28-year-old right-hander spent most of the year in triple-A but appeared briefly in the Phillies' season finale, getting two strikeouts and giving up two hits ... St. Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia will begin a rehab program for his inflamed right shoulder. Dr. James Andrews advised against surgery at this point.