New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez is reportedly close to signing a deal for a book that will provide a behind-the-scenes look into his ongoing legal battles with Major League Baseball. According to the NY Post’s Page Six, several top publishers are battling for the rights to the book and a deal could be signed within a few weeks.
“A number of publishers are vying for the book, with offers coming in over $5 million,” a source reportedly told the Post. “Alex has met with several publishers over the past few weeks and has meetings with others right after the new year.
“This book is going to go into the real low-down dirt of MLB tactics and collusion with the Yankees to get him out of the game. Alex has also had meetings with (filmmaker) Billy Corben on a ‘30 for 30’-type documentary about his story.”
The source added that ESPN would likely be reluctant to air any such documentary, as it could compromise the network’s relationship with MLB. However, Corben, who did the 30 for 30 special on Miami football called “The U,” could shop a film to a network like HBO and make plenty of money.
A-Rod is currently in the process of trying to have his 211-game suspension reduced or wiped away completely. Last month, he stormed out of his own arbitration hearing and later said in a statement that he is “disgusted with this abusive process.” Rodriguez’s strategy seems to be to attack the credibility of MLB rather than defend himself.
As we all know, A-Rod is highly motivated by money. Attacking the credibility of MLB with books and documentaries could help him kill two birds with one stone. Although, most people are unlikely to believe anything he says.
UPDATE: Top publishing houses reportedly insist they have heard nothing about the book and it is “totally fake.”Google+