(WSCR) With rumors swirling that the Yankees are set on trading struggling super star Alex Rodriguez, the third baseman is adamant he will return to New York in 2013.
“No, I don’t think so,” Rodriguez said when asked if he’ll be traded. “I love the big city and I love everything about being a Yankee. The highs are very high and the lows are extremely low. There’s no question the last few weeks have been extremely difficult, not only on me but on all my teammates.”
Rodriguez, who hit .111 in the ALCS and was benched for the final two games in Detroit, had been rumored in trade speculation all week, with one report suggesting he could be dealt to the White Sox.
“Look, I know it was difficult for Joe,” he said. “I know Joe didn’t want to sit me. But again, if I do what I do, Joe doesn’t have a choice. Either does (Yankees GM Brian) Cashman or anybody. If I am who I know I can be, they’ll worry about other guys. … I had plenty of opportunities. I just didn’t get it done.”
The 37-year-old Rodriguez has five years and $114 million left on his contract, while owning a full no-trade clause, meaning he would have to approve any trade agreed upon by the Yankees.