Friday, October 26, 2007

Yankees To Meet With A-Rod?

The Yankees would like to meet with Alex Rodriguez, and Hank Steinbrenner the newly appointed Yankees mouthpiece, seems intent on making him an offer he can't refuse.

There have been no reports of demonagent Scott Boras deciding to do anything other than opt-out of A-Rod's remaining contract and engage in a full scale assault on free agency. However, it still seems Boras realizes his client's contract drops tens of millions of dollars without the Yankees involved in the bidding.

And with Brian Cashman's recent sentiments of 'opt-out means we're out' being seconded by ownership, Boras may have a few hundred million reasons to take him seriously.

From ESPN.com:

The New York Yankees are trying to set up a meeting with Alex Rodriguez while they work on picking a manager.

Hank Steinbrenner, a son of owner George Steinbrenner, said Friday the club probably will meet soon with Rodriguez and agent Scott Boras.

"The fact of the matter is, obviously we want him to stay," Hank Steinbrenner said. "And I think he wants to stay."

In the mean time, things have changed with other potential Yankee free agents. No matter how hard the rest of baseball dreams about Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada turning their backs on the Yankees in an unprecedented display of loyalty toward Joe Torre, the money always talks - especially when the money is coming from an organization they've known their entire professional career.

On Monday, Rivera changed his tune entirely during an interview on satellite radio, saying he didn't need to know who the next manager would be before re-signing with the Yanks. How much money that deal adds up to may depend on the contract his decade-long battery mate receives first.

On Tuesday, The Daily News reported "The Yankees plan to do what they can to keep Posada from hitting the open market." Mark Feinsand stated that a source believes the Yankees will offer Jorge about $40 million.

In all likelihood, A-Rod's groundbreaking extension would follow suit, with an Andy Pettitte redux and Bobby Abreu return quickly coming thereafter.

Now if they could only knock over that first domino and give Joe Girardi the keys to the castle...

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2 comments:

Dirty Water said...

Both those A-Rod and Posada deals are not what those players could likely get on the free market. Could it be, for the first time in almost a decade, the Yankees simply don't have enough money to spend to decisively blow ever other team out of the water with their contrasts?

Tony Gicas said...

Those contracts are more than anyone else would offer. And Yankee Stadium saw 4+ million people walk through their turnstyles this year. The idea that the Yankees don't have "enough money" is either a poor attempt at humor or idiotic. But what would you expect from a Red Sox fan like you? Shouldn't you be enjoying a championship run and not grasping for straws about Yankee contracts? Pitiful.