A-Rod Laments Not Signing with Mets In 2000, Duquette Calls It a Crock

Fourteen-time All-Star Alex Rodriguez has taken up broadcasting in his post Major League life.

In fact, he called the New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals bout on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball two nights ago, where he said he wishes he signed with the Amazin’s back in the 2000-01 offseason.

“I thought I would make great concessions to go play for the Mets,” Rodriguez said, adding that Keith Hernandez was his favorite ball player growing up. “I thought it was a great story for baseball.”

Of course, Rodriguez would go on to ink a monster 10-year, $252 million contract with the Texas Rangers who traded him in 2004 to the New York Yankees where he spent the remainder of his career.

Former Mets general manager and current SNY analyst Jim Duquette said Rodriguez’s comments were nonsense.

“It’s just revisionist stuff. Come on. Stop it,” Duquette said Monday on Sirius XM.

At the time, the Mets said agent Scott Boras “asked for many over-the-top perks, such as a Shea Stadium office, marketing staff and merchandise tent,” according to the New York Post.

“We barely had enough space for the people that worked there, never mind we’re going to have an office for one of our players,” Duquette said.

“It’s about 25 players working as a team,” then-Mets general manager Steve Phillips said in 2000-01. “The 24-plus-one-man structure really doesn’t work. I don’t mean to cast aspersions on Alex Rodriguez. […] But I don’t think you can give different rules and separate one player from the rest of the team.”

Duquette, who was the assistant general manager to Phillips at the time, said New York was willing to pay Rodriguez $125 million, more than half of what he ultimately got from Texas.

“It wasn’t going to happen,” Duquette added about Rodriguez coming to the Mets. “It’s just not true what he said.”

Check out Duquette’s interview on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM below:

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