It’s not exactly a shock that the Yankees would not strike a contract extension with Alex Rodriguez if he chooses to opt out of his contract. The worst possible scenario for the Yankees is to abandon the $29MM the Rangers owe him and participate in open bidding for the superstar.
On the plus side, there’s no real downside for Rodriguez if he hammers something out to allow the Yankees to keep the Rangers’ money. Scott Boras has his price and if the Yankees won’t meet it, Rodriguez will leave. It still seems like something gets done before Rodriguez’s November 10th opt-out deadline. Knowing Boras, it will probably be completed on that day. But not before thousands of words are wasted breaking down every freakin’ quote.
Meanwhile, Jorge Posada wants to experience free agency. Neither he nor Mariano Rivera have had contract talks with the Yankees. Buster Olney adds that the Yankees will wrap up deals with Rivera and Posada before dealing with Rodriguez. I can see the Cubs making an offer to Posada this winter.