Earlier this week, we told you about a report that claimed top publishing houses are currently competing for the rights to a book that Alex Rodriguez is writing. In the book, A-Rod is supposedly planning to expose Major League Baseball and provide a behind-the-scenes look into his ongoing legal battle with Bud Selig and company.
The NY Post reported that several top publishers including Random House and HarperCollins want to work with A-Rod on the tell-all book. According to the NY Daily News, multiple “high-ranking publishing sources” insist neither Random House nor HarperCollins has ever heard of the project.
“It’s totally fake,” a publishing insider reportedly said. “One reason he’d never get anywhere near that money is the obvious risk that as soon as the book was published, it could and probably would be discredited. He’ll say anything as long as it’s not under oath.”
I’m pretty sure A-Rod would say anything even if he was under oath, but that’s an entirely separate discussion. Another source reportedly told the Daily News there is “no way (Rodriguez) will get anywhere near $5 million, even if he does do a book, and at this point it’s anyone’s guess if he will actually try.” In other words, publishing companies would be hesitant to work with someone who has as little credibility as A-Rod.
Time will tell if A-Rod is indeed writing a book, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the initial report was simply a power play by Rodriguez’s camp. A-Rod’s strategy all along has been to attack MLB rather than defending himself. Perhaps his people think the prospect of a tell-all book will frighten Selig.
H/T Hardball TalkGoogle+