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The timing is right for outrageous demands

Updated: November 17, 2000, 11:07 AM ET
By Jim Litke | Associated Press

If Alex Rodriguez really asked for a jet, luxury boxes for his pals at home and away, office space for his marketing staff, guarantees his face would be plastered on billboards all over New York, an escalator clause, escape clause and $300 million for 12 years, good for him.

And if Mets general manager Steve Phillips said no, even before the subject of money came up, because he really believed affording one player the star treatment would destroy morale on the rest of his team, ...

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