Hey, I understand that MLB wants this wrapped up so that other things can happen, and the trade banter seems to be, at least to me, a massive league-wide energy suck, but how the hell does Bud Selig get off setting a deadline for the completion of this deal? Why can’t the teams continue to talk at their leisure, and consequently at their own risk? For the “good of the game”? Please. The Red Sox and Rangers appear to be at an impasse in their attempts to agree on a restructuring of Alex Rodriguez’s contract before today’s 5 p.m. ET deadline, thus making a proposed trade between the sides unlikely, ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark reports. There has been no indication that either Boston or Texas has applied for an extension of their window to negotiate a restructuring that would allow Rodriguez to be traded for Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez, Stark reports. The deadline for a deal to be finalized was set by commissioner Bud Selig.