Looks like Jon Heyman is breaking the story -
Alex Rodriguez notified the Yankees on Sunday that he’s opting out of his record $252 million contract, SI.com has learned.
Rodriguez’s decision means he will become a free agent and be able to negotiate with all clubs. Rodriguez’s bombshell move will shake up the entire winter for the Yankees — who had hoped to retain him with a big extension — as well as other big-market clubs that will now pursue him.
Rodriguez’s agent Scott Boras said he sent word of the opt-out in writing Sunday and left phone and text messages for Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. The Yankees have said that once A-Rod opts out, they wil not pursue him, since they will lose the benefit of the Texas Rangers’ $30-million subsidy.
“Alex made the decision today,” Boras said. “I thought we should notify the club.”
The Yankees were preparing an extension to his current contract for either five or six years, believed to be for close to $30 million annually. However, team officials said Boras has politely declined to meet with them in recent days, and they never presented the offer.
Peter Abraham’s reaction to this news just about nails it:
Given that Rodriguez made his decision without first negotiating with the Yankees, it appears he never had any intention of staying in New York.
That just mirrors what I suggested yesterday.
Needless to say, it’s going to be an interesting day in Yankeeland come Monday morning. If Cashman and Hank Stein are going to stick to their claims, this means that Alex Rodriguez’ Yankees career is over.
This is starting to remind me of when Roger Clemens “un-retired” after the 2003 World Series and then Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays fans told Yankees fans “See, we told you about the guy.”
I suspect, now, when it comes to A-Rod, that some of us Yankees fans can expect to hear “See, we told you about the guy” from Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers fans pretty soon too.