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A-Rod to discuss Classic with officials before deciding

1/13/2006 - MLB Alex Rodriguez

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez will have another conversation
with baseball officials in the next few days before deciding
whether to play in the World Baseball Classic, according to his
agent.

The AL MVP, eligible to play for the United States and the
Dominican Republic, said last month that he intended to play for
the Dominican team, then said he wouldn't play at all because he
didn't want to offend either country.

Gene Orza, the No. 2 official of the players' association, said
he would attempt to persuade Rodriguez to play, and baseball
officials and the union had a conference call with the New York
Yankees third baseman.

"They had a conversation early in the week," agent Scott Boras
said Thursday. "They exchanged some dialogue, and they're going to
talk again later."

Initial 60-man rosters are due by Tuesday, and the U.S. Baseball
Federation said Thursday it plans to announce the U.S. picks Monday
night. Final 30-man rosters don't have to be chosen until just
before the 16-team tournament, scheduled for March 3-20.