Red Sox: Deal with Rangers for A-Rod is "dead"

Updated: December 18, 2003, 7:59 PM ET

BOSTON - The Boston Red Sox are blaming the Players Association for the demise of a proposed trade with the Texas Rangers involving superstar shortstop Alex Rodriguez.

The teams could not get the deal done by Thursday's 5 p.m. EST deadline set by Commissioner Bud Selig.

"The proposed trade ... is dead," declared Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino. "The Players Association's intransigence and the arbitrary nature of its action are responsible for the deal's demise today."

Lucchino also termed reports that negotiations are continuing "inaccurate."

While the teams settled on the players involved, including Boston slugger Manny Ramirez, the union on Wednesday rejected an agreement between the Red Sox and Rodriguez to restructure the seven years and $179 million left on his 10-year, $252 million contract.

Union official Gene Orza told ESPN on Thursday night that the Red Sox were more than $20 million away from an acceptable figure.

"It's unfortunate that the Players Association felt it necessary to take a legal position which prevented the player and at least two teams from effectuating an agreement that they felt was beneficial," Major League Baseball president and COO Bob DuPuy said.

Rangers general manager John Hart stopped short of saying the deal was dead but moved to welcome Rodriguez back into the fold.

"We're excited to have him back, and we mean that," Hart said. "We'd be excited to have him come back and play shortstop for us."

Rodriguez, the reigning American League MVP, has a no-trade clause in his contract, making any trade impossible without his approval.

Had the trade been completed, the Red Sox reportedly were set to deal shortstop Nomar Garciaparra to the Chicago White Sox for slugging outfielder Magglio Ordonez in another swap of All-Stars.

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