Despite White Sox’ 3B issues, A-Rod addition unlikely
By Daryl Van Schouwen firstname.lastname@example.org October 18, 2012 9:14PM
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Updated: November 20, 2012 11:10AM
The White Sox have been identified as a possible landing place for Alex Rodriguez now that he and the Yankees appear headed for a parting of ways.
Don’t look for it to happen, even though Sox general manager Ken Williams was interested in Rodriguez as a free agent in his first year as GM in 2000 and again when the Rangers put him on the trade market.
Even if the Yankees eat most of the contract, a Sox source said Williams wouldn’t touch Rodriguez despite the freewheeling GM’s history of swinging for the fences in acquiring sluggers Ken Griffey Jr., Jim Thome and Manny Ramirez late in their careers.
Rodriguez, 37, has $114 million and five years left on a no-trade contract.
His production has been slipping for some time. He has 647 career home runs, but his OPS has dropped each year since 2007 from 1.067 to .783 this season.
After the Yankees were swept Thursday by the Tigers, Rodriguez said he wouldn’t waive his no-trade clause.
The Sox are said to be a fit for A-Rod because he reportedly will consider a trade to a large-market team and the Sox have iffy options for third base — Kevin Youkilis has a $13 million club option for 2013 and Opening Day starter Brent Morel has had back problems.
Williams is expected to move up in the front office while handing the GM reins to assistant Rick Hahn. An A-Rod acquisition would fit Williams’ style more than Hahn’s.
The Marlins, Angels and Dodgers also have been lumped in as potential suitors. The Yanks and Marlins reportedly have talked about a deal, but they have denied it.
Sox lower ticket prices
The Sox are lowering ticket prices for 2013 and dropping the cost of parking.
Corner seats in the lower deck will be available for $20 and upper-deck corner seats for $7 for all home games except Opening Day and the two games against the Cubs. A total of 5,000 seats will be available at those prices.
Parking will be lowered to $20, from $25 and $23.
More than 87 percent of full season tickets will stay the same or drop in price. More than 54 percent of the full season tickets are dropping an average of 26 percent. Bleacher and outfield reserved sections are dropping 32 and 30 percent for full season packages. Split season tickets for all 27-game plans are decreasing by an average of more than 25 percent.
A “small number” of fans will see a ticket-price increase because of the high demand for their current locations, the Sox said. Those season-ticket holders are being personally contacted by the Sox.