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ESPN Films' 30 For 30 Shorts series continues with "The Deal," which debuted on Grantland.com today. The film takes a comprehensive look at one of baseball's wildest trades and offers an insider's perspective into the arms race between the Red Sox and Yankees and the man who stood at the center of it all: Alex Rodriguez.
On the eve of the 2004 season, Rodriguez was on the precipice of greatness and the rivalry between the Red Sox and the Yankees had never been greater. His statistics and contract were astronomical, as was his desire to be traded to one of the game's most storied rivals.
"The Deal," produced and directed by Nick and Colin Barnicle, captures the rumors, controversies, and money surrounding the deal that set the record for baseball's highest contract. Using first-hand perspective from the likes of Larry Lucchino, Brian Cashman, John Hart and Theo Epstein, "The Deal" is the story of the 36 hours when the best player in The League went from savior of the Red Sox to latest weapon of the Yankees.
The film will also air Sunday, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN, the 10 year anniversary of the trade. ESPN Films' 30 For 30 Shorts series is artfully crafted by Blue Moon. Previous films from the series can be viewed on Grantland.com.