The Yankees have just about finalized their new deal with Alex Rodriguez. In addition to $27.5 million a year, he will receive bonus payments of $6 million for passing Willie Mays, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds on the career home run lists.
These home runs will be labeled “historic events” and could boost the deal to $305 million over 10 years.
Now that the deal is nearly done, what do you think? Did the Yankees do the right thing or should they have let A-Rod go and built the team a different way? Vote in the poll over to the right.
Just an aside, but the historic events clause could backfire on the Yankees and Alex. Is the idea to chase records or championships? As he approaches the milestones, every pop-up to second base will be seen as him overswinging instead of trying to hit a line drive.
Setting a record should be its own reward. Isn’t $27.5 million a year incentive enough? You would think that after what happened in October, a simple contract would serve both parties best.