October 27, 2007
Olney: Yanks To Open Piggy For Alex
From Buster Olney -
The New York Yankees have asked to meet with third baseman Alex Rodriguez, and if and when they get that meeting, league sources indicate the team is prepared to make him an offer that will exceed, in average salary, the $27 million per year that he is scheduled to make over the next three seasons -- and A-Rod would be in line to set yet another salary benchmark.
The offer could be for something in the range of five years -- beyond the three years Rodriguez is already under contract for, from 2008-10 -- and perhaps $30 million a year. The highest per-workday salary earned to date is the $28 million Roger Clemens received, in prorated salary, for a little less than four months of work this season.
If the Yankees' extension offer is for something in the range of $150 million, over five years, then Rodriguez would be owed about $230 million over the next eight seasons.
Some executives are convinced that no other team will come close to the enormous extension offer the Yankees intend to make, and rival agents and executives are reading the steady stream of public negotiation rhetoric from agent Scott Boras as a bluff. But some officials cite Boras's history of taking his clients into free agency, and say they think Rodriguez will leave the Yankees.
That's a whole heap-o'-cheddar. If Alex and Scott pass on that, then you know it's all about the benjamins and you shouldn't believe a word about A-Rod's desire to play in New York.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at October 27, 2007 05:48 PM
I'll agree with you on that.
I read the Boras profile in the New Yorker. He's a very strange guy; you have to wonder if he has A-Rod's overall interest in mind or if he's just trying to gratify his own ego by making the big score with A-Rod. It almost seems that he's A-Rod's Svengali. I think that it would be hard for A-Rod to disagree with Boras and break with someone he sees as a father-figure.
But, still, if he does opt out, f*** him.
==If Alex and Scott pass on that, then you know it's all about the benjamins and you shouldn't believe a word about A-Rod's desire to play in New York.==
You can't be that naive. It's all about the benjamins regardless. If he signs with NY it simply means he believes that offer is the biggest he'll get. It has nothing to do with NY. If he feels the Angels can give him more, he's gone. But I doubt anyone else is going to offer what the yankees are.
Bottomline, the yankees cannot afford to let Arod walk. He has a chance to put up some all time yankee numbers and that puts butts in the seats and viewers on the tube.
If it is all just about the money then ARod is a real fool. He has made so much money that another $15 or $20 million more or less will have no effect on his lifestyle and is almost irrelevant given the hundreds of millions of dollars that he will make over the course of the next 5-8 years.
He needs to decide where he wants to live and play. He needs to think where will he have the best chance to win a championship, where does he want to break the home run record and in what city he wants to play. He will get his money in any case. The Yankees are not going to skimp on their offer here.
Unfortunately, it looks like for Boras it is all about money. He listened to Boras once and signed with Texas and ended up on a last place team going nowhere. As the old saying goes, fool me once shame on you fool me twice shame on me. If he follows Boras again he only has himself to blame.