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Abreu had to stay; A-Rod had to leave

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Nov 02, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees had little choice but to retain Bobby Abreu. They need a third baseman, a closer and a catcher. They didn’t need to add right fielder to that list.

Abreu is not a dirt-on-the-uniform type so fans tend to get down on him. But when you look up after 162 games, he has 100+ RBI and 100+ runs scored and he plays most every day. For one year at his age, it’s the smart move.

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The well-sourced Buster Olney reports that the the Yankees fell $100 million short of just getting a meeting with A-Rod.

The Yankees were willing to offer Rodriguez a five-year extension worth $150 million. That would give Rodriguez a total package of eight years and $231 million.

Boras wanted a package of $350 million. Presumably that would have meant an eight-year extension worth $33.62 million a year.

How could a team sign a 32-year-old player for 11 more seasons? I understand Rodriguez keeps himself in great shape. But 11 more seasons? Maybe there’s a team out there that will do that. But I can’t fault the Yankees for not.

It’s ironic that the Red Sox couldn’t make a deal for Rodriguez then won the World Series twice in four years. The Yankees made the deal, got progressively worse and then Rodriguez fled at the first opportunity after pretending he loved New York all season.

It’s a shame, in a way. The guy is a great player but he will be forever defined by his actions off the field.

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