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From Joel Sherman -
Alex Rodriguez is a free agent now after opting out of his contract and the Yankees have reasserted they will not negotiate further with the slugger. Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera likely will file for free agency, and the Yankees will negotiate with them.
“Intellectually, Alex is tying to understand the difference between his free agency and that of Mariano and Posada,” Boras said by phone yesterday. “Alex Rodriguez has never said he does not want to be a Yankee. Filing for free agency doesn’t mean that. Because Rivera and Posada are free agents doesn’t mean they don’t want to be Yankees.”
To me, the difference is clear. Posada and Rivera are free agents because the Yankees allowed their contracts to expire – without making a huge effort, if any at all, to extend them before the contracts expired. And, the Yankees having to deal with their free agency, today, is the product of Yankees actions and/or inactions.
A-Rod is a free agent because he opted out of his contract – not because the Yankees allowed it to expire – and he ignored the Yankees efforts to try and extent the deal.
On one side, the Yankees set Posada and Rivera into free agency. And, on the other side, A-Rod has rammed his way into free agency, brushing the Yankees aside in the process.
So, yes, Mr. Boras, A-Rod is a free agent – like Posada and Rivera. But, it’s the method in which he arrived there that’s the difference. And, that method has annoyed the Yankees. If Alex can’t understand that, “intellectually,” then perhaps he has frosted his hair one too many times and the chemicals have now eaten away part of his brain?