According to the usually reliable Jon Heyman, Alex Rodriguez has decided to opt out of his current $252 million deal and test the free agent market. He may not find much there.
To start, both A-Rod and agent Scott Boras showed a tremendous lack of class in opting out before the Yankees could even present their extension offer. Even if the World Series ends tonight (and all indications are, it probably will), there is still 10 days left for A-Rod to make a decision. It's painfully obvious that he has no intention of listening to anyone and wants everything his own way, just like the drama queen he is.
According to Heyman, Boras said "We're here to make decisions based on our rights." If Boras wants to talk about "rights" let him go to Washington and do it there. Just because a player can opt out of his deal doesn't mean he should. A-Rod has done awfully well in the world's largest media market. How does he top this? Chicago? Perhaps, but not unless the Cubs move some salary. Anaheim? See previous answer. Boston? Possible, but not at the numbers A-Rod's looking for. Point is, this is a huge gamble, and in the end I think it will backfire.
Boras thinks he can get $400 million for A-Rod's next contract. Is he crazy? I know he's gotten deals done in the past that no one thought possible, but this one is out of the realm of believability, even for him. Sad thing is, we're not talking about that much money here. A-Rod still had $91 million coming to him on his current deal. With a 6-year, $170 million extension (what has been reported as the Yankees offer), that amounts to a 9-year, $261 million deal, more than his last deal would have paid over 10 years. That's $29 million per season. Now, with the opt-out, we're looking at maybe a 10-year deal in the $300 million range, or $30 mil per season. In other words, all this trouble over ten million dollars. How greedy can A-Rod and Boras be?
I've said it before, but I hope Brian Cashman and the Yankees stick to their guns when they say they won't pursue A-Rod in free agency. Let someone else take on his prima-donna, clubhouse cancer-causing self. Or is the Dark Lord of the Bottom Dollar forgetting that no team A-Rod's played for has ever won anything?