Via Jon Heyman:
Alex Rodriguez will attract interest from at least a handful of teams if he opts out of his $252 million contract at the end of the season, with the Angels perhaps first in line. But Yankees general manager Brian Cashman made clear in an interview on Tuesday that Rodriguez’s current team will not chase A-Rod and will not be part of any bidding war.
“He has a significant contract as it is,” Cashman told SI.com. “So I don’t anticipate any dialogue regarding an extension.”
In other words, Cashman is leaving the ball in A-Rod’s court. If Rodriguez wants to remain a Yankee and keep the $81 million and three years remaining on his contract, he can do that. But if he wants to forego that $81 million to seek even greater riches, that’s his choice, too. He just won’t be getting those extra riches in pinstripes — at least not this winter.
Cashman likes Rodriguez enough that it’s believed he’d consider an extension at some point, but not an extension merely to prevent A-Rod from opting out of his current deal. “That’s smart,” one competing GM says. “This way all the pressure’s on A-Rod, and there’s no blood on [Cashman's] hands.”
Lookie, lookie! The Cash-Man draws it for Scottie Boras! Attaboy Bry!