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.