"I want to stay in New York, no matter what."
It’s amazing what this one historic month has done for Rodriguez. As recently as March, Brian Cashman said an extension was not in the cards. Is that still the case? Would Scott Boras’s highest profile client really just ignore his out clause following perhaps an MVP season?
As you know, Rodriguez has three years and $81MM left on his deal after the 2007 season. Texas is picking up $33MM of that tab, as far as I can tell after looking at the contract details.
According to PECOTA, the Yankees would be getting Rodriguez for $11.6MM less than he’s worth over the 2008-10 seasons. I can see Cashman changing his tune and adding another two years to the contract in exchange for elimination of all the out clauses. But if Rodriguez demands an additional $50MM+ for the 2011-12 seasons, all paid by New York, that might be too much.
By the way, expect no less than five articles tomorrow morning based on the above A-Rod quote.