In comments to a wide assortment of reporters, most of them based in New York, Scott Boras says that he will recommend that Alex Rodriguez opts out of his contract.
Boras is saying A-Rod can play until he’s 45, hit 1,000 home runs and and be worth up to $1 billion for a regional cable television network. He seems to be seeking at least a 10-year deal worth an average of $33 million a year.
Brian Cashman said again today that the Yankees would not pursue Rodriguez if he becomes a free agent.
There are two possibilities here. Boras and Cashman mean what they say and A-Rod is gone. Or this is just the start of posturing.
The Yankees are almost certainly going to offer A-Rod a contract extension. What Boras said today is essentially the start of those negotiations.
A-Rod has until 10 days after the World Series to inform the Yankees of his intentions.