From Tom Verducci yesterday -
Yankees GM Brian Cashman said the team can’t afford Alex Rodriguez without the $30,304,500 it is getting from Texas, a subsidy over the next three years that goes away if A-Rod opts out. I find that incredulous, which is why I said this to Cashman: “I’m assuming that Alex is going to be employed somewhere next year. So if he does opt out, you’re telling me the Yankees can’t afford Alex as a true free agent, but another franchise can?”
“Uh, well, yes,” Cashman said.
I mean, where is the franchise that can afford a player the Yankees can’t? Microsoft? I understand it’s part of a negotiating game to keep Alex and the Texas money. But to borrow from former umpire Durwood Merrill, Scott Boras didn’t just fall off the back of a turnip truck.
Let me get this straight: The Yankees want the most aggressive agent in the business to swear off the last shot at free agency for the most valuable commodity in baseball at a time when a $6 billion industry is flush with gobs of cash? And we’re to believe that $30 million — which is $3.75 million per year, assuming a five-year extension or eight-year deal — suddenly is prohibitive to the Yankees? The only way Boras doesn’t put his client on the market is if the Yankees throw some really stupid money at A-Rod, the kind of money no other franchise can dish out.
We’ll soon see.
Rodriguez has until 10 days after the World Series – November 10th the latest – to opt out of the contract. That’s 80 days from today.
Let the countdown begin.