Alex Rodriguez Closes in on Tell-All Book Deal, Documentary About His 'Battle'

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterDecember 17, 2013

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If it were profitable, Alex Rodriguez would get on the biggest hill he could find, spin around and sing his story for all to hear like a baseball Julie Andrews. Instead, he is opting to just write a tell-all book about his plight and possibly secure a documentary feature. 

Emily Smith, writing for the New York Post's "Page Six," reports the Yankees' star third baseman is close to securing a profitable format to explain his side of an ongoing drama.  

First, he has to settle on a publisher. A final decision is still a few weeks off, but HarperCollins and Random House are the two hoping to secure the rights. 

Rodriguez is also hoping to chronicle all that has happened to him in the wake of his 211-game suspension and subsequent hearings in the form of a documentary. 

Alex has also recently had several meetings with filmmaker Billy Corben — whose work includes the acclaimed “Cocaine Cowboys,” which depicts Miami drug culture in the 1970s and ’80s — about making a documentary about his battle to stay on the field.

This should please that very specific demographic of fans who aren't already weary of the ongoing circus surrounding Rodriguez at the moment. 

Sep 3, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez before the game against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports
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Rodriguez spoke to reporters this past weekend while participating in David Ortiz's charity golf tournament in Punta Cana, per ESPN, and was hopeful. According to A-Rod, there isn't much to be worried about in regard to his suspension handed down by the league for his part in the Biogenesis scandal.

Rodriguez believes the arbitrator, Fredric Horowitz, will see fit to grant Rodriguez some playing time next season: 

Yes, I feel confident. I'm preparing as always, working hard. I feel completely healthy, I have the entire offseason to prepare for it...We have to get out of this and start talking baseball, about the good things with MLB and about my hard training work to get back in the middle of the Yankees' lineup.

It being early in the proceedings, there isn't a great deal of information surrounding the potential book.

Smith did glean a nice round number from a source close to the negotiations, however: "A number of publishers are vying for the book, with offers coming in over $5 million. Alex has met with several publishers over the past few weeks and has meetings with others right after the new year."

TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 02:  Alex Rodriguez watches from the sidelines during a game between the Florida State Seminoles and the Miami Hurricanes at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 2, 2013 in Tallahassee, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
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As for the documentary, Rodriguez is hoping for production similar to ESPN's documentary series 30 for 30, which makes sense because Billy Corben, along with Alfred Spellman, directed the popular The U

All of this must have you thinking that everything is coming up A-Rod in the financial department. Well, Smith does remind that Rodriguez has huge bills to pay in the form of his legal representation, and he could still lose out on over a season's worth of salary. 

We aren't about to hold a telethon for Rodriguez, but we are sure any book/documentary deal would go a long way to shore up anything a millionaire might consider financially strenuous. 

If not, there is always the money he will get from his recent real estate endeavors. Back in May, the 38-year-old sold his Miami mansion for a reported $15 million profit

Now, via, Rodriguez is hoping to sell his Miami condo for a cool $1 million profit. 

All of this is to say you don't have to fret about Rodriguez, because we know how you all were making yourselves sick with worry over the MLB star. 

From the looks of things, Rodriguez will be just fine. 


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