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The Boston Red Sox and players union officials were in disagreement Wednesday afternoon about how to restructure Rodriguez’s contract that would allow the team to complete a trade with the Texas Rangers for the reigning American League MVP. “Their offer is not good enough,” Gene Orza, the union’s No. 2 man, said in a telephone interview on Wednesday. Major League Baseball has set a deadline of 5 p.m. Thursday to get the contract finished. “The question is whether we can find some common ground. “It’s one thing to restructure and reduce and then offer compensation with other things. It’s quite another to say, ‘I will reduce your salary.'” The implication of what is happening now is that A-Rod understands the situation, has reached some sort of contract re-structuring with the Red Sox, and needs the seal of approval from the MLBPA. They won’t give it. So, against the free will of the player, the association is restricting his movement. How ironic.

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