Scott Boras informed Brian Cashman that Alex Rodriguez was opting out by leaving him a voice mail.
This came as a surprise. I thought at the very least that Rodriguez would listen to what the Yankees had to offer. But for Rodriguez make this decision 10 days earlier than he had to is clear evidence that he never intended to stay with the Yankees.
In retrospect, one of the reasons he had such a great season was probably that his mind was clear knowing he would leave New York.
This is what A-Rod said the night the Yankees clinched:
“This feels like home. Itâ€™s hard to believe that I played for another two organizations. So much has happened to me here – adversity, some success – that I feel like anything but New York feels weird for me now.”
Was he lying? Only he knows. But clearly Rodriguez’s legacy has been established. The Homeless Hall of Famer will join his third team in six seasons. He’ll sign a record contract and somewhere in that fine print will be another option to bail out in a few years.
The Yankees insist that will not pursue Rodriguez as a free agent. Given how he has treated the team, the Yankees would be embarrassing themselves to make him an offer.
UPDATE, 12:11 a.m.: Boras, of course, says wants the Yankees to stay in the mix.
“The lines of communication for us are open,” he said. “Our position is that we have told New York all along that we will continue discussions with them. Alex enjoyed playing in New York. He played well there. He was comfortable there.”
If he enjoyed playing in New York so much, why didn’t he at least listen to what the Yankees offered and give them 10 days to settle the situations of Pettitte, Posada and Rivera?