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Wednesday, February 07, 2007
boras workin' hardI also do all of my work from a box seat at a baseball stadium

In a mind-boggling world where rich pop stars have trouble buying underwear and manic astronauts wear adult diapers to shave 20 minutes of a 900-mile kidnapping journey, it should come as no surprise to know that one of the best players in baseball's history (not to mention the highest paid) might be considering cutting his 7-year contract with the Yankees short in hopes of finding more success elsewhere.

damn....error.I am, of course, referring to the recent rampant speculation that A-Rod may choose to opt-out of the last 3 years of his contract after the 2007 season. His Boras-crafted contract allows A-Rod to declare free agency after this year if he so desires, a clause JD Drew took advantage of this winter when he decided to forgo the final 3 years of his 5-year deal with the Dodgers to sign on with the Red Sox for considerably more money. It is no secret that New York has not been kind to A-Rod (recall the criticism [aka booing and super-clever "a-fraud" signs] that ensued from the exorbitant and uncharacteristic amount of 2006 3-B errors and unfortunate 1-14 record during the ALDS), or that A-Rod is affected by anxiety more than the average player, but the prospect of him deserting his contract for a different environment seems rather unlikely to me. When questioned about the opt-out clause, A-Rod sidestepped the issue and reiterated his usual "I just want to win a championship" stance. For his part, Boras simply stated that as far as he knows, A-Rod is "happy in New York" and that they wouldn't be discussing the possible departure till after the season.

arod ponders lifeAs for le Yankees Chick, I am really not sure what to make of this. If A-Rod's only goal is to win a championship, it would certainly seem in his best interest to remain with the Yankees; A-Rod would command (and deserve) another mega-contract very few teams could afford, and there is little (if any) evidence that would lead a person to believe that the Mets, Red Sox or Angels have a better shot at a championship than the Yankees over the next few years. His happiness and quality of life in New York is suspect, despite what Boras might say, and if A-Rod does leave after 2007 I would imagine that it would be his mental health and not the finger he has reserved for a World Series ring that would benefit.

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Wednesday, February 07, 2007  
  • At 4:55 PM, Anonymous Mets Guy said…

    It irritates me to no end that A-Rod is considered a "failure", when even in his worst season, he's STILL better than Jeter. If Jeter had been drafted a Brewer, he'd be considered a solid player. Nothing more. Yankees fans have no idea what they have with A-Rod, and I hope he leaves.

  • At 6:55 PM, Blogger jimithegreek said…

    A-Rod will get his ring in 2007 ala Peyton Manning and all will be well in Yankeeland!! Mets & Sooox fans will just have to continue to suffer.

  • At 10:43 PM, Anonymous Nicky_Mantle said…

    I love A-Rod. To me, he is a true Yankee.

    A-Rod is the greatest underdog in baseball.
    Ridiculed, hated, and undeniably talented, Alex represents everything great about the bombers... minus the ring. He is loyal, competive, and has the best work ethic of any player on the team.

    I want nothing more than to see A-Rod get his ring in NY. History will look back on him as one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, player in the game. I want him top be remembered as a Yankee.

    I want nothing more than to see him break Aaron's record at the stadium. He can do it, and barring injury, he will.

    Alex is the new Maris. Just let him shine.

  • At 7:32 AM, Blogger CraftyLefty said…

    At this point, A-Rod's a national sports figure, like T.O. If he did leave after this season without the Yankees winning a championship; he'll not only get ripped in the NY tabloids and on talk radio; but on ESPN and every dopey round-table show they have; as well as the media in whatever new city he goes to. I don't see him moving- I think this is Boras laying the groundwork for a new contract with additional years, additional cash, or most likely- both.

  • At 8:06 AM, Anonymous Mantlemurcer said…

    I have no doubt in my mind that A-Rod will opt out of his current deal. With Scott Boras as his agent, it's a given.

  • At 10:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Slap Happy Gay-Rod!

  • At 10:43 AM, Blogger frostdude1 said…

    I hope Arod stays and i think he will !!

    ESPN are trying their hardest to start these dumb rumours to make it seem like we hate him and that he should leave , this ofcourse is only good for their beloved sawks

    Well Fukk ESPN and the rest of the haters ... if we win this year , all this bullshit wil be gone , im colts fan too and im on cloud 9 right now and will never ask for anything else in football ... If the Yankees win it in 07 aswell , this will be my favorite year evearrr and would be happy for life :)

  • At 11:13 AM, Blogger randy said…

    i think boras definitely will use the threat of arod walking away to get another 3-4 years added on. the yankees are the only team that is getting8-9 million a year from texas so they'll be in the driver's seat if they want arod. anothet team could go 6-7 years at 20 million a year, but the yankees are the only team that will have texas money paying part of the deal . with this head start,i don't see anyone outbidding the yankees.

  • At 11:27 AM, Anonymous T dawg said…

    A-rod left Seattle to win at Texas. Because, you know, Texas has won so often.

    We hate him because he lied. If he would merely have said, "Uhm, they offered me SICK money, I had to take it" then we would have been far more forgiving. As it is, he said "winning" but meant "money."

    My guess, he evaluates whether in the course of his career he can make more by going FA now or the end of his contract, and he acts accordingly.

    In addition, you are forgetting one thing here-- he will be a FA, that means he can still resign with the Yanks, he just will make them pay a little more to get him.

    The ass.

    And Yankees-- hey, thanks for ruining baseball for those outside of NY/NE area. Bloated contracts, most money wins-- or at least consistently performs at a high level.

    I wish you had a cap of.. oh i don't know, 150 million. Which is still 3x's many teams. Just to, you know, see if you can be competitive without BUYING the consistently best team in baseball.

  • At 12:45 PM, Anonymous Benjamin Kabak said…

    And Yankees-- hey, thanks for ruining baseball for those outside of NY/NE area. Bloated contracts, most money wins-- or at least consistently performs at a high level.

    Do you really know that much about baseball? Who gave A-Rod his contract? You know, the bloated one. And since most money wins, how many World Series have the Yankees with the highest payroll in the game? I sure am glad, as a fan, that the Yanks haven't lost a World Series since 1997.

    Hey, wait a minute....

    And in fact, at this point, the Yanks have proven that they can put together a good team and a good farm with money. Pay attention a little. It would hurt your bitter, misguided arguments.

  • At 10:11 PM, Blogger Reva said…

    I think A-Rod should go to the Red Sox :-)

  • At 10:13 PM, Anonymous Nicky_Mantle said…

    Oh t dawg...

    Typical yankees hater you are.

    I know it reaaaaallly pisses you off that we "buy" our whole team, but let me ask you this: do you think the players on other teams just play for fun?

    Its called salary, asshole.

    The yankees pay their players the most money because they have the biggest market, the most fans, the highest attendance, and the most revenues.
    It's basically that simple.

    Don't hate the player, hate the game.

  • At 8:35 AM, Blogger Maryland Orioles' Fan said…

    A-Rod needs a therapist. He'll give all us bloggers a world of content to write on.

    I feel sorry for him.

    I have no idea if he's a goner, but if I were him, I'd be looking at all options.

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  • At 10:03 PM, Anonymous nyyfaninlaaland said…

    How have you let mets guy get away with such abject stupidity without a comment. Is A-rod a better player than Jeter? Very possibly true. But Jeter a "solid player. Nothing more." That's just stupid. He's one of just 2 or 3 active players in the top 50 in lifetime batting average in MLB's historical stats (requires a minimum of at least 5,000 AB's). You don't have to like the guy, but don't let your emotions rot your brain. I think Reyes is a hell of an exciting player, but he's yet to have any single season where his BA is less than 10 points below Jeter's career average, let alone his better seasons. Does that make Reyes less than a solid player? Reyes, the leadoff hitter, had his best OBP this year at .354, over 30 points over his admittedly early career average. That's 34 points below Jeter's career OBP, 2 points better than Jeter's worst ever in a full season. I'm not saying Reyes sucks - he doesn't. I'm saying just get real.

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