A-Rod Eyes Stake in Cubs

Agent brokering $300M deal that could give club new infielder, part owner
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2007 5:48 PM CDT
New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez was all smiles as he was congratulated by teammates following a two-run homer in the fourth inning of a baseball game with the Kansas City Royals, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Alex Rodriguez could join Alfonso Soriano at the heart of a monster Cubs lineup next season: ESPN reports that A-Rod's agent, Scott Boras, is brokering a deal with future Cubs owners that could net the star $300 million over 10 years. Part of the contract would give A-Rod a stake in the franchise, New York magazine reports in the issue out tomorrow.

The Yanks will need to act fast if they want to keep their star slugger — A-Rod can opt out of his contract about a week after the World Series.The Yanks will try to keep A-Rod despite his up-and-down 4 years in pinstripes, sources say: His bat has kept them in the playoff hunt and, if he departs, the Yanks will miss a $29-million payment from the Rangers. Rumors have also placed A-Rod with the Red Sox next season.