A-Rod's cousin selling '09 Series ring

TAMPA, Fla. -- A 2009 New York Yankees World Series ring obtained by Alex Rodriguez for his cousin, Yuri Sucart -- but apparently never owned nor worn by A-Rod -- is up for sale via an online auctioneer.

The diamond-encrusted ring is a replica of the one Rodriguez got for being a member of the last Yankees championship team, and has a listed opening bid of $5,000 on the website of Goldinauctions.com.

The story was first reported by the New York Daily News.

Sucart's name is well-known to Yankees fans -- he is the cousin A-Rod claimed helped him obtain steroids when he was with the Texas Rangers -- and Rodriguez was warned by Major League Baseball and the Yankees to stay away from him after the revelations of A-Rod's steroid use, and his subsequent admission, before the 2009 season.

Rodriguez, who underwent hip surgery in January that will keep him off the field until at least the All-Star break, is currently in Miami under an agreement with the Yankees that requires him to rehab in New York during the week but allows him to leave for the weekends.

He was unavailable for comment but his spokesman, Terry Fahn, said: "Alex Rodriguez made numerous replica World Series rings for friends and family. He didn't know that Yuri Sucart was selling one of them."

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman declined comment on the matter.