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Sources: Piniella expects Cubs to go hard after A-Rod

Updated: October 17, 2006, 10:35 PM ET
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com

CHICAGO -- Lou Piniella, who was formally introduced as the new Chicago Cubs manager Tuesday afternoon, wants to acquire embattled -- and possibly available -- New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

Sources familiar with the situation told ESPN.com that Piniella, who is extremely close to Rodriguez, expects the Cubs to pursue the 10-time All-Star aggressively. The 63-year-old manager and the 31-year-old Rodriguez have what amounts to a quasi-father/son relationship; Rodriguez ...

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