What’s $25 Mil Between Friends?

Could Alex actually return to the Yanks? Lots of speculation in the NYT today. Don’t bet on it. Jeffrey Gordon’s suggestion that the Rodriguez plan was designed to keep the Yanks in the game: only a lawyer comes up with that kind of reading; it seems blind to contextual nuance. This bit about the timing of his opt-out announcement seems especially preposterous:

But here is the crucial piece of evidence that shows how much Rodriguez wants to wear pinstripes: the opt-out announcement during the final World Series game. We can assume that Rodriguez learned late last Sunday that Joe Girardi would be named the manager of the Yankees the next morning. If Rodriguez opts out after that announcement, his decision would be taken as a negative response to Girardi’s hiring.

If Alex makes a statement in the following days to the effect of, “I respect Joe Jr. and would be glad to play for him, I’d love for the Yanks to talk to me as I explore the FA market,” there would have been no issue. The conventional wisdom that A-Rod is “only about the money” trumps any story about a non-existant rift with Girardi. Not buying what Gordon’s selling.

12 comments… add one
  • I think its pretty clear that A-Rod opted out to get the cash and the big number contract but I did find this article interesting from the sense that it presents another angle/factor that may have played into the timing behind the opt-out contract. I posted on it on the most recent A-Rod thread b/c in my own mind it did re-open the small possibility of the Yankees getting back in on the bidding at some point. Im not sure that Id even want this at the numbers that are being tossed around but I do agree that with Gordon’s comments to the effect of the yankees should make the decision as to weather or not to target A-Rod based on what is best for the team both on the field and financially. They shouldnt let their collective egos of being spurned or losing the Texas subsidy be the primary factor in deciding their course of action.

    sam-YF November 4, 2007, 10:08 am
  • I had to re-read that article a couple of times to even try to wrap my mind around this dude’s line of reasoning. And it still doesn’t make any sense. In fact, I just re-read it again and I still don’t get it.
    …That is where the World Series announcement comes in. In bargaining lingo, it is a credible signal of his desire to remain a Yankee because it is costly. In other words, to show his Yankees preference, Rodriguez was forced to appear classless by disturbing the sanctity of the Series and by stepping on Boston’s triumph. That’s a cost.
    What? Alex saying “F You” to the Yankees on the biggest stage possible is a sign he wants to come back to them? Only in a lawyer’s twisted mind does that sound even remotely logical. How does his unwillingness to even listen to the Yankees offer demonstrate anything but a play for even bigger bucks? If Alex wanted to stay a Yankee as desperately as this article tries to make it sound, why not sit down with the FO and work out a reasonable contract extension? Why go through the show of testing the market only to turn around and give the hometown team “a discount” (“discount” probably being the original offer that the club was prepared to make)?

    yankeemonkey November 4, 2007, 10:53 am
  • There are a lot of things wrong with that article–Over-thinking seems to be the biggest culprit. The Girardi idea is far-fetched and easily discounted (as YF succinctly did in his post); also one thing that people seem to overlook in this discussion is the effect of the luxury tax. $32 mil for the Yanks is a lot more than it is for the Dodgers. It’s upwards of $40 mil.
    I really think the A-Rod era is over. He’ll sign with a ballclub in 3 months. By that time, the Yanks will have traded away Johnny Damon for Joe Crede.

    Nick-YF November 4, 2007, 10:53 am
  • I also wanted to say this: I truly think that the Yankees would be wise not to resign ARod at this juncture. It’s got nothing to do with the posturing, the loss of face, the Texas money – and everything to do with the length of contract Boras is sure to demand. In all likelihood the team will suffer at least somewhat from loss of ARod’s production in the short-term. But 8 years from now, when they’re saddled with a 40 year old player who’s being paid upwards of 35 mil a year?
    If they can get Alex for say 5-6 years for about 150-180 mil, ok. But any longer, and it becomes a risk that I don’t think is worth taking.

    yankeemonkey November 4, 2007, 11:02 am
  • “That decision triggered a firestorm of negative attention for Rodriguez, possibly tarnishing the image of an image-conscious player. For that reason, said a person close to Rodriguez who spoke on the condition of anonymity, Rodriguez is dismayed with the fallout and is considering whether to give the Yankees a discount on the front end of a new contract.”
    This is from Kepner’s article and it seems like a smokescreen or just plain untrue. I think A-Rod is a smart guy and he had to expect the bad pr after he opted out. I guess he could be that out of touch with reality but it seems unlikely.

    Nick-YF November 4, 2007, 11:04 am
  • Let me be clear; I’m not saying the Yanks won’t take a run at A-Rod—though I do think it unlikely—just that Gordon’s argument that the process thus far demonstrates Alex’s desire to return to the Bronx is not credible, even slightly. As David Justice noted about 4 minutes after the loss to Cleveland, if he had wanted to come back he would already have signed an extension.

    YF November 4, 2007, 12:56 pm
  • i keep hearing that boras and arod are arrogant egotists…true for sure, but what i find most annoying is boras’ “i’m a lot smarter than everyone else” attitude…the opt out was as much about saying “look what i can do!” as it was anything else…by not giving the yankees the opportunity to present an extension offer, rumored at 5/$150, he allowed arod to give up the chance to earn between $28-$30 per year for the next 8 years, at which time he’ll be 40 years old…maybe there really will be a better deal than that, and maybe salary inflation will catch up with that, and by the time he’s 40 he’ll seem like a bargain compared to the early years of the contract, but by alienating the yankees, probably the red sox, and i hear the mets might be out too, boras may have blown it this time…assuming the opt out is “official” now, and texas is off the hook, i don’t see the yankees coming back to arod unless he takes a deep discount, and that would only be because he’s got his tail between his legs, and and couldn’t find another acceptable deal…it just depends on whether boras can find a bigger sucker, like another texas…right now, it looks like he thinks he will…let’s hope his ego finally bites him on the a**…

    dc November 4, 2007, 1:51 pm
  • One way to look at A-Rod getting paid $30M at age 40 is he could be shooting for his 900th HR (or more) that year. Not far fetched, if he just hits his 162 game avg over the 8 years that puts him at 870.
    What was Bonds value to his team this year? He got 15M from SF and the record chase must have brought in more revenues for the Giants, no?
    For any team he talks to, and you’d have to think that Boras is going to highlight this to any potential team, the revenue’s at that time with A-Rod going for Bonds’ record should help offset his salary.
    Don’t know, but doesn’t the lux tax increase each year so in 8 yrs his salary should have a lower impact right?

    BillsBurgSF November 4, 2007, 3:52 pm
  • good points billsburgsf…or, he could blow out a knee in spring training next year, and never come close to resembling the mvp, homerun-record-breaking guy that he is now…that is the risk with long term contracts [see pavano.4yrs.ripoff, or damon.4yrs.disappointment], and arod is apparently expecting 8-12 years….wow…not that i’m comparing arod to pavano or damon by any means, and arod has the reputation [well earned] for keeping himself in shape and injury free, but the point is that long term commitments are risky, and 8-12 years…wow

    dc November 4, 2007, 5:33 pm
  • When A-Rod wanted out of Texas to play for a team with the chance to go to the WS, he was willing to take a paycut. Now we are to believe his opting out is some sort of brilliant negotiating tactic? No way. He’s realized he needs out of NY. He can’t handle playoff pressure, and needs to ensure he will be on a team where he can run up the score in personal statistics, but not have yearly post season flop, soiling his pretty-boy, regular season reputation as the best. The surest way to get that is to make so much individually that rest of the team is below average talent — and salary. A-Rod longs for the “it’s not me, it’s the team” days of Texas. He goes to some team that only carea about regular season attendance. No way he wants to stay with the Yanks, or join the sox. We’ll both have more fun without him.

    Zooboy November 4, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • dc, so you don’t feel bad, I see your Damon and Pavano and raise you a Clement and a Renteria (same reasons for your’s, though only because we were still paying for Renteria)
    Wonder if Boras will have the b@!!s to try for an opt out on this contract.
    Potential injuries aside, as a baseball fan, I’m very interested in what he could do in the NL or on a team with out the pressure. The Dodgers must be at the top of his list, though the pitching in the NL West is arguably the best in the NL. No pressure in LA, NL pitching, I’m thinking he goes off, though they don’t have a real good HR park. You got to think that San Fran is also high on the list, but not sure how the park is on RH hitters.
    8-12 years (funny sounds like a prison term), OK who’s crazy enough let alone who has the $$ to give him that?

    BillsBurgSF November 4, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • Look at Giambi. Not to say ARod will turn out to be Giambi, but yaaaa..

    Lar November 5, 2007, 11:21 am

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