Rodriguez doubts deal will happen

Updated: December 12, 2003, 12:38 AM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- So where does Alex Rodriguez think he'll be playing next season?

"If I had to guess, if I was a betting man, I would probably say that I probably would be back in Texas," the AL MVP said Thursday.

The Rangers and Boston Red Sox are exploring a trade where left fielder Manny Ramirez would be sent to Texas for the star shortstop. The possible deal would be a swap of baseball's only $20 million-a-year players.

"When you have a lot of smoke and a lot of talks going on, usually nothing gets done," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez hit .298 with 47 home runs and 118 RBIs last season. Ramirez hit .325, second-best in the AL, with 37 home runs and 104 RBIs.

Rodriguez was in Miami to visit his old high school, where he sponsors an annual basketball tournament.

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