When we last heard from him eight days ago, Brian Cashman left himself some wiggle room to negotiate with Alex Rodriguez even if he opts out in November and the Yankees lose the Texas money. The implication then was that higher-ranking club officials could overrule Cashman’s recommendation.
Yesterday, after the Yankees’ meeting of the minds in Tampa, Cashman took a firmer stance:
If Alex Rodriguez opts out of his contract then we will not participate in free agency. That is accurate and that is definitive.
Why this is being aired out in public I’m not sure, but at this point the Yankees will seem kind of stupid if they do negotiate with Rodriguez after he opts out. It really seems that they’re not kidding about not wanting to lose the Texas money or enter a bidding war. Meanwhile Scott Boras just spent three full days convincing A-Rod to opt out. However, Ken Davidoff believes that rather than opt out, A-Rod will sign an extension amounting to $297MM over nine seasons.
George King also revealed that Bobby Abreu’s $16MM option is at the bottom of the queue. The Yanks will make decisions on Joe Torre, A-Rod, Mariano Rivera, and Jorge Posada first.