Monday, October 22, 2007
The Yankees have made it clear that they will not negotiate with Alex Rodriguez if he opts out of his contract. Well apparently, it seemed that he was leaning towards exercising that clause and now the Yankees would like to convince him not to. Rodriguez has three years left on his contract worth 81 million dollars total, and if the Yankees want to keep him, it will probably go up. The Yankees would like get this settled and announced in the first days following the World Series so they can try and sign Rivera and Posada, while also deciding a manager. They do have a lot to do, but I think most can be accomplished. I think Boras has come to realize that A-Rod would only lose money if he opted out because teams that can afford him were starting to pull out of the running. So Boras is forced to lower his price tag or in other terms, come back down to earth, and work out a new deal with the Yankees. This could turn into a lengthy process, ending with the departure of several players including Mariano Rivera, who is looking at fifteen million dollars a year from the Phillies. I've said it from the beginning that I do not think A-Rod would leave simply because of this, and the Steinbrenner's see that it would only hurt the team, and have given the go ahead to pursue him. I do not know if the Yankees will go long term with Rodriguez, but I see the Yankees throwing three year deals at Posada and Rivera, both right around the 35 to 45 million dollar mark. For Rodriguez, he might be making that much annually. I see a final deal with Rodriguez at seven years, worth 30-33 million dollars annually, with a full no-trade clause. Boras will end up working his magic, like he has with so many clients before, but the 2007 MVP to-be will be under a lot of scrutiny if he doesn't repeat or improve upon the numbers he put up this year.