Sports Illustrated’s web site is reporting that Alex Rodriguez will opt out of his contract and become a free agent.
If the Yankees hold true to their vow not to pursue him as a free agent, his tenure with the team is over after four seasons.
Given that Rodriguez made his decision without first negotiating with the Yankees, it appears he never had any intention of staying in New York.
UPDATE, 11:21 p.m.: Scott Boras is claiming that Alex Rodriguez made his decision to opt-out based on the uncertain status of Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte. Posada and Rivera are free agents while Pettitte has a player option for next season.
“Alex’s decision was one based on not knowing what his closer, his catcher and one of his statured pitchers was going to do,” Boras said. “He really didn’t want to make any decisions until he knew what they were going.”
However, Rodriguez had until 10 days after the World Series to inform the Yankees of his plans. The team has said it would make lucrative offers to Posada and Rivera while Pettitte was expected to decide his future early next month.
One thing for certain: We now know the answer to the question of who is the biggest phony in sports history.