There was one bit of news that came out of today’s meeting.
Brian Cashman said, with the backing of ownership, that the Yankees would not pursue Alex Rodriguez as a free agent if he opts out of his contract.
Cashman has been saying that for eight months. But now it’s with the support of the Steinbrenner family.
This is a shot across the bow of Scott Boras. Taking the Yankees out of the mix with any free agent is a great loss of leverage. For the highest-paid player in the game, it’s a massive decrease.
Realistically, only a handful of teams could afford A-Rod. The Mets, Red Sox, Cubs, Angels, White Sox and Dodgers.
Boras will play this off as no big deal. But as each day passes, the best deal he can get could be an extension with the Yankees.