Neither side discloses much about talk

Maybe Alex Rodriguez just wanted to wait for weekend calling rates to kick in.

The reigning AL Most Valuable Player finally called Buck Showalter after six weeks of avoiding contact with his manager, The Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported in Tuesday's editions.

The Rangers' shortstop didn't elaborate very much about the substance of the call, which was made Sunday.

"It went well, but I'm not going to say anything about what we talked about," Rodriguez told the Fort Worth newspaper. "I had been out of town and on vacation. It was more of a timing thing, not out of disrespect. I called him back and we spoke. It was a polite, respectful conversation."

Rodriguez has repeatedly declined to comment on his relationship with Showalter after being voted MVP last month.

Showalter, though, tried his best to diffuse the rampant speculation that he and Rodriguez don't see eye-to-eye.

"There's not one [issue] that I'm aware of," Showalter told The Morning News. "He hasn't voiced any such issues to [general manager] John Hart or to me. We discussed what's going on with him, just baseball talk, and what's going on with his family. Anything else is just something that people have written.

"At some point we'll sit down and discuss our club and some of Alex's thoughts," Showalter was quoted as saying in the Star Telegram. "I welcome his input. Not only is he a great player but he has a grip on what it takes to win."

The Rangers have listened to teams that have inquired about trading for Rodriguez, but Rodriguez's agent Scott Boras has said talks have not gone beyond the preliminary stages.

Rodriguez reportedly has told the Rangers that he would only accept a trade to two teams: the Red Sox or Yankees.

Rodriguez hit .298, tied for the major league lead
with 47 home runs, drove in 118 runs, and led the AL in runs (124) and slugging
percentage (.600).