A few people have e-mailed about about A-Rod’s contract. To clear up those questions, I e-mailed Brian Cashman.
The Yankees CAN offer Alex arbitration if he opts to become a free agent and then would receive compensation in the form of draft picks if he signs with another team.
Under the terms of the current deal, arbitration cannot be offered after the 2010 season. That is the final year of the contract as it stands now.
So if A-Rod leaves, the Yanks would get the picks.
Now before you say “oh, sure, draft picks” consider this:
The Yankees received the 21st and 41st selections of the 2006 draft in compensation for losing Tom Gordon to the Phillies. Those picks turned into Ian Kennedy and Joba Chamberlain.
The Yankees had lost their own pick that season (No. 28) for Johnny Damon. Boston turned that into RHP Daniel Bard