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Someone’s gonna opt out

We were with Pete Abraham (long) before we were against him!

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  • One thing that Verducci brought up yesterday is that A-Rod could opt out and make LESS then he does now. It’s a calculated risk. At this point even though I am a huge A-Rod, I don’t care. If he is going to walk let’s get something for him before he does. Sox fans I wouldn’t get all excited this doesn’t mean he’s coming to Boston so take a deep breath.

    Triskaidekaphobia March 22, 2007, 8:55 am
  • Trisk, that’s exactly where he’s going and you know it!!!

    Brad March 22, 2007, 9:17 am
  • It’s a calculated risk.
    Barring health problems (we don’t wish these) or a disastrous performance this year (we hope!!!) it’s really not much of a risk. With career average performance this season, A-Rod can lock in more money than he’s guaranteed now, easy. Forget about the AAVs. Do you honestly think that Boras would rather a 3/81 deal in market where Alex is awkwardly the second or third fiddle or a guaranteed, new 7/150 deal in a market where A-Rod is a savior?

    SF March 22, 2007, 9:22 am
  • You know Brad it might not be a bad idea for him to go to Boston for Yankee fans. You figure if he leaves it’s because of the fans and the media…Hmmm the only fans and media more overbearing then the Yankees are the….come on it’s on the tip of my tongue…Sox that’s right. Twenty games into the season and a few visits to WEEI and he would be standing at 3rd spinning in circles repeating which way did he go George, which way did he go….
    Just breaking balls Brad!

    Triskaidekaphobia March 22, 2007, 9:24 am
  • I respect your opinion, but I am not 100% sure any team can/would give him 7 more years. Two reasons, one how many teams has he been with since his last LT deal? Secondly he would be 40 by the end of that deal, it’s not impossible, just can’t see it.

    Triskaidekaphobia March 22, 2007, 9:27 am
  • He turns 32 this year, so I could see a 6 year deal, easy. He’s always healthy. Who knows if he wants to play that long, though? That’s the big wild card to me. If Rodriguez really doesn’t want to play for more than three or four years, then the opt-out thing will primarily be for a change of atmosphere and probably not much more money. On the other hand, Boras could easily leverage a shorter contract into a higher AAV, if a team knows they don’t have to commit to Rodriguez until he’s 40 then who knows what a guy like Moreno would ante up to entice him across the country – it could be equal or in excess of what he’s making now.

    SF March 22, 2007, 10:16 am
  • Considering the way Arod takes care of him self, combined with his injury record, not to mention the fact that if he does lose a step in his late 30s, he could move to just about any position, including first, I don’t see any reason he couldn’t get a 7 or even an 8 year deal, even if the money tails off at the end a bit, or moves to incentives in year 7 or 8. I’m fairly certain, as SF said, that the risk of ending up with less money is minimal and he could even end up with a boatload more total dollars.

    LocklandSF March 22, 2007, 10:27 am
  • I know Rob Bradofrd says he doesn’t ee the Sox entering the ARod bidding, but with Lowell a free agent and Manny’s options not likely to be picked up, ARod sure seems like someone the Sox might want to make a run at.

    Paul SF March 22, 2007, 11:40 am
  • I must say that after all the crap hurled at ARod by sf’s on this site, I’m quite surprised to read that some of you would seemingly welcome him with open arms…
    Personally, I don’t think it would be wise for any team to saddle itself with a long term, 24 mil+++ per yr contract, especially for a player with as much baggage as ARod.
    If he wants out, bye bye. The Yanks may very well benefit from his departure.

    Andrews March 22, 2007, 1:03 pm
  • They may, but I doubt they would, barring a signing of Andruw Jones. The Yanks would be out a 3B, and they’d be out a cleanup hitter. They’d also have essentially no righty sluggers.

    Paul SF March 22, 2007, 1:10 pm
  • Paul, rest assured the FO wouldn’t just twiddle their thumbs while he was on his way out the door…

    Andrews March 22, 2007, 1:19 pm
  • Some one should explain to Alex that:
    a) there’s no “i” in the word team
    b) there is a “u” in the phrase,”shut the h#ll up, already.

    Andrews March 22, 2007, 1:24 pm

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