• Kay’s Source: Why A-Rod Pulled The Trigger

    Posted by on October 29th, 2007 · Comments (15)

    Just heard Michael Kay on The Michael Kay Show on ESPN Radio (1050 AM in NYC) say that, according to a very close friend of Alex Rodriguez, A-Rod is nervous about the direction of the Yankees, and, A-Rod doesn’t want to be the guy who is blamed when the Yankees don’t win, but, still, A-Rod’s first choice in terms of where he wants to play is the Yankees.

    Talk about an equation that doesn’t balance, huh?

    Kay added that the source also said that A-Rod didn’t want to hear the Yankees offer on an extension because he feels that he’s earned the right to find out his worth on the open market – and didn’t want an extension that would cancel his chance to go to market.

    Sing it with me ya’ll…

    A mark, a yen, a buck, or a pound,
    A buck or a pound,
    A buck or a pound.
    Is all that makes A-Rod shop ’round,
    That clinking clanking sound!
    Can make Alex shop ’round.

    Comments on Kay’s Source: Why A-Rod Pulled The Trigger

    1. rbj
      October 29th, 2007 | 4:41 pm

      Nervous about the direction of the Yankees? Wouldn’t you at least have sat down with the brass before opting out then?

      He is correct, he has the right to find out his worth on the open market, just as the Yankees have the right to no longer negotiate with him.

    2. Pete
      October 29th, 2007 | 4:49 pm

      >> Nervous about the direction of the Yankees? Wouldn’t you at least have sat down with the brass before opting out then? >>

      Bullsnot – A-Rod must have heard the rumors that the Yankees were set to announce a manager on Monday, and with Torre leaving he must have also assumed that they would make every attempt to re-sign Mo and Posada as well.

      Alex knew his timing had to be perfect to use this excuse – right before the brass could make any real moves to stabilize the situation.

    3. bfriley76
      October 29th, 2007 | 5:00 pm

      Totally agree…if he was really concerned about the direction of the Yankees, TALKING to them probably would have been smart.

      See ya A-Rod.

    4. Bob R.
      October 29th, 2007 | 5:05 pm

      Were I A-Rod and thinking about the next few years of this team, I would be concerned as well. He is the only reliable power source and aside from Jeter and Cano the only player who might reasonably be expected to continue good production over the next few years. Even re-signing the free agents hardly should make Yankee fans feel confident, so waiting to discuss their intentions is probably superfluous. The free agent market is weak and does not match the Yankee needs, and there is virtually nothing in the system to trade for anyone of significant value, nor to replace declining players.

      I have no idea what his real motivation is and consider speculations about it to be silly. The one Boras stated is as reasonable as any, but who knows if it is the real one, or if even A-Rod could express the motivation clearly. He wants to test the market and will do so. There is no right or wrong, no judgment except a pragmatic one (Will he benefit?) about it.

    5. Joel
      October 29th, 2007 | 7:30 pm

      A-Rod and his agent are completely full of shit.

      He didn’t like being on the Yankees–period. I am convinced that he knew going into this year that this was it.

      Concerned about the direction of the Yankees? The same Yankees with huge resources who will spend $200+ million to field a team at the drop of at hat? Please.

      And I want to see which schmuck owner is going to make Tom Hicks look cheap by giving $300 million to a guy who will be 33 next year.

    6. Corey
      October 29th, 2007 | 9:27 pm

      well we will probably get to see him get booed out of yankee stadium in july, that will be sweet. (all-star game in the bronx)

    7. October 29th, 2007 | 9:35 pm

      what a phony. yeah, he has the right to find his value on the ‘open market,’ but he refused to even meet with Cashman?! he wouldn’t even allow the Yanks to make an offer? for all we know, the Yanks offer might be the best he’ll receive.

      also, the bs about not knowing what Mo, Po and Pettitte are doing effects him? Please! first off, when did he become such great friends of theirs? second, here’s the kicker, Arod still had 10 DAYS to decide! if he was concerned with that, why not wait and see?! or talk to them? or talk to Cash? i love the statement MLB made about him today. it says it all.

    8. brockdc
      October 29th, 2007 | 9:52 pm

      If true, this is an affront to proficient bullshitters everywhere.

    9. Nick from Washington Heights
      October 29th, 2007 | 9:59 pm

      “A-Rod is nervous about the direction of the Yankees, and, A-Rod doesn’t want to be the guy who is blamed when the Yankees don’t win”

      That’s leadership!

    10. RichDank
      October 29th, 2007 | 10:24 pm

      A-Rod just wants more money in the short term – 30 rather than the 27 mil he is pledged under the current deal – that the Yankees wouldn’t pay. The day the Yankees announced they wouldn’t negotiate with him after if he opted out he was a goner. The uncertainty of the team story is obviously just BS to mask his greed.

    11. baileywalk
      October 29th, 2007 | 10:32 pm

      The free agent market is weak and does not match the Yankee needs, and there is virtually nothing in the system to trade for anyone of significant value, nor to replace declining players.
      ———

      Bob, I’m not sure where you’ve been, but the Yankees’ system is loaded with talent and it will only get better as they continue to spend money on drafts and player development.

    12. Corey
      October 29th, 2007 | 10:45 pm

      in case anyone missed it, torre is the dodgers new skipper

    13. baileywalk
      October 29th, 2007 | 11:59 pm

      in case anyone missed it, torre is the dodgers new skipper
      ———

      Somewhere, Scott Proctor’s arm weeps…

      So far, only the “Journal News” is reporting this, so it’s not confirmed yet.

      I’m really surprised Joe would ask Donnie to come over as his bench coach. I never got the sense that Joe and Donnie liked each other much.

      I’m also surprised he’s trying to steal away Kevin Long. But I have to assume Long is under some sort of contract with the Yankees.

      Incidentally, the Dodgers have a really good group of young players. If Torre does get this job, he steps into a nice situation. The Dodgers are a team I liked to watch quite a bit. They need another starting pitcher — especially with the uncertainty of Schmidt — but it’s a good team with an awesome farm system. Should be interesting to see how Torre handles so many young players — and how soon he kills my boy Jonathan Broxton. R.I.P., Broxton.

    14. redbug
      October 30th, 2007 | 3:18 am

      I’m really surprised Joe would ask Donnie to come over as his bench coach.

      I’m also surprised he’s trying to steal away Kevin Long.

      the Dodgers have a really good group of young players. If Torre does get this job, he steps into a nice situation. The Dodgers are a team I liked to watch quite a bit. They need another starting pitcher

      +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

      How about Andy Pettitte as that starter? He loves Joe. Do they need a catcher? Closer?

    15. Bob R.
      October 30th, 2007 | 7:03 am

      Baileywalk, the Yankee system is rich in pitching but bereft of other players. On anyone’s list of top prospects, Yankee players (not pitchers) rarely make even the 30s in ranking, and the prospects they do have are still playing in A ball or lower. At BA, not one Yankee non-pitcher makes the top 20 list in AA or AAA ball. Look at Steve’s own list of top 34; it is utterly depressing, composed of low ceiling, overaged, weak resume players. Even the higher profile ones such as Austin Jackson and Tabata have serious question marks attached, not just the ordinary caveats.

      I agree that the Yankees are focusing more on the development of prospects, and Cashman has restocked the farm more quickly than expected, but what else is left to trade? And although Latin America and Asia are fertile grounds for talent, I think it will take time to fill the many gaps in the system.

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