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Rangers' Hicks calls it off

Originally Published: December 23, 2003
ESPN.com news services

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Alex Rodriguez was ready to go to Boston, and the Texas Rangers were doing their part to make it happen.

But after nearly two months of discussions, the American League MVP is staying in Texas.

Attempts to complete a trade of baseball's only $20 million-a-year players -- Rodriguez to Boston for outfielder Manny Ramirez -- ended Tuesday after Rangers owner Tom Hicks' deadline passed without a deal.

"We both recognized there was too big a gulf to bridge," Hicks said. ...

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