So, A-Rod tells the Yankees that he won’t discuss his contract situation until the end of the season, and the Yanks respond with a demand that he negotiate an extension now, or Boras-be-damned, there will be NO negotiations at all… and no pinstripes for Rodriguez next season!
Seems to me that this is a move made in desperation – A-Rod & his agent Scott Boras hold all the cards, and the New York front office know this. Rodriguez is having a career year (isn’t funny how guys often do that when contracts are to be negotiated?), can walk away from his current contract at the end of this season, and there will be massive interest in him from a plethora of ballclubs.
The Yankees are behind the 8-ball: if Rodriguez walks, they lose the $31 million owed to him by the Texas Rangers… if by some miracle they can sign him to an extension, then that money is still there. If it comes to a situation where A-Rod walks on his current contract, and puts himself open to bidders, then the Yanks wave bye-bye to that money, and if they want Rodriguez (they do), they enter a bidding war with other franchises (they will, despite commentary to the contrary).
The thing that amazes me in all of this is that the New York Yankees expect Alex Rodriguez to ‘do the right thing’ & negotiate now… out of some misplaced sense of loyalty? Err… huh? Professional sports abandoned that a helluva long time ago, and the Yanks were at the forefront of encouraging players to walk away from their ballclubs to sign with them for the big bucks. Read the rest of this entry »