Publishers fight for Alex Rodriguez tell-all

Book publishers are interested in signing a deal with suspended Yankees infielder Alex Rodriguez....

Book publishers are interested in signing a deal with suspended Yankees infielder Alex Rodriguez. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

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, Last Updated: 11:28 PM ET

At least two major book publishing houses have engaged in a bidding war for the rights to Alex Rodriguez's tell-all book, according to the New York Post.

The fledgling book, apparently focused on the legal battle between the New York Yankees infielder and Major League Baseball, is sought by HarperCollins, Random House and other big-name publishers.

“A number of publishers are vying for the book, with offers coming in over $5 million," a source told the Post. "Alex has met with several publishers over the past few weeks and has meetings with others right after the new year.

The Post is also reporting filmmaker Billy Corben has had several in-person talks with A-Rod about a potential documentary surrounding the infamous off-field drama that climaxes with a 211-game suspension from MLB.

A-Rod has yet to hear back from an arbitrator about the appeal of his landmark suspension. A January ruling is expected.

YANKS SIGN BRIAN ROBERTS

In their ongoing effort to replace the gaping hole at second base created by all-star Robinson Cano's departure to the Seattle Mariners, the New York Yankees agreed to a one-year deal with former Baltimore Orioles infielder Brian Roberts.

Roberts, 36, is not considered an everyday player but in a possible platoon with Kelly Johnson and others vying to fill Cano's spot, he could offer a decent return on the team's $2 million investment.

Roberts was a two-time all-star with the Orioles but since 2009 hasn't played in more than 77 games in a season.

ORIOLES INK BALFOUR: REPORT

Free-agent closer Grant Balfour has agreed to terms with the Baltimore Orioles on a two-year deal, the Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday.

Balfour, an all-star last season who notched 62 saves in 67 opportunities since he became a full-time closer for the Oakland Athletics in 2012, will be getting a deal worth $15 million with $1 million deferred, pending a physical, the Sun said.

The 35-year-old Sydney, Australia, native would take over for closer Jim Johnson, who was traded by the Orioles to the Athletics two weeks ago.

BRIEFLY

The Arizona Diamondbacks signed Jose Valverde to a minor-league deal Tuesday. Valverde, who has 286 career saves, spent the first five years of his career with the Diamondbacks before stints with the Houston Astros and Detroit Tigers.


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