Triple-A Toledo makes playful contract offer to A-Rod

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Alex Rodriguez a Mud Hen?

Spurred by an offhand remark from George Steinbrenner's son, the
Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens want in on the A-Rod sweepstakes.

The Mud Hens playfully offered the prize free agent a deal
Thursday -- a contract proposal that includes a bonus for hitting 75
home runs next year and leading them to 10 straight International
League titles.

Rodriguez recently opted out of his $252 million, 10-year
contract with the New York Yankees. That prompted Hank
Steinbrenner, son of the Yankees owner, to tell the New York Times:
"Does he want to go into the Hall of Fame as a Yankee, or a Toledo
Mud Hen?"

The Mud Hens conjured up an offer to find out, said Jason
Griffin, a spokesman for the Detroit Tigers' top farm team.

Toledo created a Hall of Fame plaque of Rodriguez wearing a Mud
Hens hat and sent a letter to his agent, Scott Boras.

The deal stipulates that Rodriguez will have to compete for a
spot with Toledo third basemen Mike Hessman, the league's most
valuable player last season.

"Would your client be willing to play a different position?"
the letter asked.