A-Rod, Mariners Meet In Vegas


Alex Rodriguez and his agent met Thursday night with Seattle Mariners management to discuss the All-Star shortstop's future with the team.

Rodriguez, 24, and general manager Pat Gillick had "a good exchange of ideas" and would meet again, team spokesman Tim Hevly said after the 90-minute meeting.

"I think Alex made it clear that he wanted to fulfill his contract and remain there for another year, so it was a positive first meeting," agent Scott Boras said.

Rodriguez, whose contract expires after next season, reportedly has been offered an eight-year, $135 million deal to re-sign with Seattle.

The meeting, which lasted a little more than an hour, was attended by Rodriguez, Boras, Gillick, Mariners president Chuck Armstrong and team chairman Howard Lincoln.

"I would say that it was a very positive meeting," Lincoln told KING-TV of Seattle. "We accomplished a lot. But this is in the middle of a very delicate negotiation, and it's in everyone's interests that we keep what was said in the room in the room."

Signing Rodriguez and All-Star center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. to new contracts was to be the first order of business for the newly-hired Gillick.

But Griffey, 29, announced this week he had turned down the Mariners' proposal, reportedly $140 million for eight years, and asked to be traded to a team closer to his home in Orlando, Fla.

In the past, Rodriguez has said he wants to stay with the Mariners if they can field a World Series-contending team.

"If they go out and get all the pieces, sure, I'd be more than willing to sign with the Mariners," he said last month.

Rodriguez had a successful season this year, matching his career high of 42 home runs despite missing five weeks early in the season for surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Rodriguez may be seeking about $200 million over 10 years. There has been talk of a trade to the New York Mets.

Mets manager Bobby Valentine said Thursday he's not ready to speculate about getting Griffey or Rodriguez on his team next season.

"I'm not making the phone calls. I'm not part and parcel to all of the action," he said. "But it sure is fascinating to me to see so many fabulous players being talked about in early November. In my tenure in the game it is unparalleled."

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