Ten years ago, the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox went after the best player in the game: Alex Rodriguez. The Babe Ruth of his time, with a pristine image and gargantuan contract, Rodriguez had but one request - He would only play for the Yankees or the Red Sox. That winter, the two rivals went for the golden boy and only one could prevail.

This historic winter of rumors, controversies, and money is captured in The Deal, an ESPN Films “30 for 30: Short” produced and directed by The Barnicle Brothers. Using first hand perspective from the likes of Larry Lucchino, Brian Cashman, John Hart, and Theo Epstein, The Deal takes a comprehensive look at one of baseball’s wildest trades and offers an insider’s perspective into the arms race between the Sox and Yankees and the man who stood at the center of it all, the reigning MVP: Alex Rodriguez. 

The Deal is the latest project from Nick and Colin Barnicle, an award-winning duo of filmmakers whose passion for storytelling is only matched by their love of sports. After founding Prospect Productions in 2010, they have worked alongside producing partner Jeff Siegel to tell stories that humanize the intersection of culture and sports through the lens of those on the field, in the stands and behind-the-scenes. Their work has been featured on CBS, MSNBC, CNN, Huffington Post, Grantland and MLB.com and included unique interviews with Ed Burns, Keith Olbermann and Pete Hamill, among many others. In 2013, the team directed and produced the ESPN Films “30 for 30: Short” Holy Grail: The T206 Honus Wagner that showcased the dramatic story behind one of the most lucrative baseball cards in history.

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