• A-Rod: “I’m not going to talk about my contract.”

    Posted by on March 23rd, 2007 · Comments (3)

    From the AP:

    Alex Rodriguez declined to talk about his contract situation Thursday, one day after Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he would not discuss an extension with the third baseman.

    Rodriguez has four seasons left in the record $252 million, 10-year agreement he signed with Texas before the 2001 season, but he can opt out of the deal after this season.

    He is owed $27 million in each of the final three seasons – with the Yankees responsible for $50.7 million and the Rangers owing $30.3 million, including $9 million in deferred money.

    ”It can come up every day of the year,” Rodriguez said Thursday before departing for a road spring training game against Cincinnati. ”I’m going to give you the same answer. Nothing has changed. I’m not going to talk about my contract.”

    Don’t you just hate it when people make promises that you know they can’t keep?

    Comments on A-Rod: “I’m not going to talk about my contract.”

    1. Raf
      March 23rd, 2007 | 7:43 am

      This will be interesting, especially in the light that Rivera & Posada also have “contract situations”

    2. Jason O.
      March 23rd, 2007 | 9:06 am

      Until 2 weeks ago I wanted Alex to have a big year to spite the media, Red Sox fans, et al.

      These days I find myself wanting him to have a huge year so certain Yankees fans/commentators are forced to eat crow.

      Strange….

    3. singledd
      March 23rd, 2007 | 11:27 am

      “He is owed $27 million in each of the final three seasons”

      This is somewhere between misleading and incorrect. He is owed $27m in 2007 and 2008. If he does NOT get a raise to $32m for both the 2009 and 2010 seasons, he can void his contract for those 2 years.

      And while Alex has a no-trade agreement, if he DOES want to go elsewhere, it may behove him to take a trade, and keep his existing contract, rather then become a FA.

      With his current contract, Texas is eating about $5.5m/yr of the (future years) total. If the Yankees give him the $32m, it’s (only?) costing them $26m+. The same applies if he is traded but keeps his current contract. (Am I correct?)

      Basically, as a FA, he will cost 5.5+ mil MORE a year to match his current contract. So unless ARod is willing to make a fair amount less then his current contract, becoming a FA is not a great idea.

      And while there was some CRAZY money spent this offseason, can ARod really get a 3+ years contract for $25m/yr or more? Who will pay him this? Yes… I know, Sori (in a moment of insanity) got $18m/yr. But $27MILLION/yr? $32m/yr??????????? Even for ARod?

      Whaddayouthink Steve? Can a 33 year old ARod really make MORE money by leaving the Yanks? I mean he still might leave, but I don’t think it will be for the bucks.

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