Iván Rodriguez says he was almost traded for Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada once

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Iván Rodriguez was traded to the New York Yankees in July of 2008, near the end of his 21-year career. However, Pudge revealed in a recent podcast appearance that he was nearly dealt to the Yankees earlier in his career.

Rodriguez was discussing moving on from the Texas Rangers to sign with the then-Florida Marlins ahead of the 2003 season. As fond as Rodriguez was of his time in Arlington, the 14-time All-Star said that he was prepared to move on because at one point he "almost got traded to the Yankees for a few players," saying that he believed the package returning to Texas would have been Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada. That point was in the days leading up to the 1997 trade deadline, as outlined in a great piece by Jamey Newbery of The Athletic.

Ultimately, Rodriguez told Rangers brass that he didn't want to be traded to any team, he wanted to remain in Texas. He and Rangers president Tom Schieffer were able to work out a five-year/$42 million contract extension, nixing a trade to the defending World Series Champion Yankees.

You could say the trade of Rodriguez falling through worked out for both sides, and it absolutely did. But for as tremendous of a career as Posada went on to have, Rodriguez was one of the five greatest catchers in MLB history, in the midst of his prime. Posada spent his entire career with the Yankees, winning four championships as a member of the team. Pettitte was part of five championship teams over two stints in the Bronx. But could the Yankees have been even more dominant if they added Rodriguez? Considering he was an all-time great defender and finished in the top 10 in fWAR between 1998 and 2001 -- the height of the Steroid Era -- the answer is probably yes.

Instead, Rodriguez re-signed in Texas, spending another half decade with the team that signed him out of Puerto Rico when he was a teenager. Rodriguez won the American League MVP in 1999, and was an All-Star Game participant and Gold Glove Award recipient in each of his final five seasons with the Rangers.

Ironically, Pudge had to settle for a one-year/$10 million deal with the Marlins after the 2002 season because of an uncertain economic climate. That year, the Marlins improbably defeated Pettitte, Posada and the Yankees in the World Series. Five years later, all three were teammates for a few months with the Yankees.

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