In what was a bad day for the Scott Boras Corporation, Alex Rodriguez went to the Yankees directly and apparently has all but finalized a 10-year, $275 million deal.
It took 32 years and nationwide scorn but it seems A-Rod is finally his own man. Good for him and good for the Yankees. His playoff performances aside, keeping A-Rod at third beats Mike Lowell or shipping out young prospects for Miguel Cabrera.
By leaving money on the table, Rodriguez erases the stain of opting out the way he did. The Yankees also don’t lose face as Alex came back to them. The only loser is Boras, who had dreams of Rodriguez landing a $350 million deal. Boras wasn’t fired but clearly he was circumvented.
Now two steps remain: Wrap up Mariano Rivera and convince Andy Pettitte to return. Having Posada, Rivera and Rodriguez back should make that easier. It certainly doesn’t hurt.