A-Rod Can't Sell Houses in the Clutch

He's going to lose money on his Miami digs

By Josh Alper
|  Monday, Jul 13, 2009  |  Updated 3:34 PM EDT
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As great as Alex Rodriguez has been at the plate throughout his baseball career, he's always caught flak for his inability to get big hits in clutch situations. There's some statistical evidence to support that claim, some that appears to disprove it and a general conclusion that A-Rod in the clutch is still better than the majority of big leaguers in the same spot. Yet, the label has stuck.

Now it appears he's struggling to get the job done when the chips are down in another part of life. A-Rod has slashed the price on his house in Coral Gables to $9.9 million, which is a $5 million reduction from the initial $14.9 offering price. That's also much lower than the $12 million he paid for the property in 2004, making any potential deal the equivalent of a double play with the bases loaded in the ninth inning of a one-run game with the Red Sox.

Although there are probably sports fans and columnists that would like to try, Rodriguez can't be blamed for the downturn in South Florida's real estate market. Shaquille O'Neal recently took a loss on his house in Star Island, and brokers who once loved to tout celebrity residences are finding that big names are no match for the current climate.

“The people with the money to spend, possible buyers, could care less about the provenance of the house,” Keith Tomlinson, a local broker, said.

The 8,310 square foot house sits right on the water and has six bedrooms, a pool and would be perfect for a member of the Marlins if any of them made enough money to actually afford it.

Josh Alper is a writer living in New York City and is a contributor to FanHouse.com and ProFootballTalk.com in addition to his duties for NBCNewYork.com.

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