Even Boras Can't Possibly Believe His Own Crap
"Alex made the decision today," Boras told Sports Illustrated's Web site. "I thought we should notify the club." (Source)
Boras claimed that Rodriguez made his decision based on the uncertain status of teammates Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte. Posada and Rivera are free agents, and Pettitte has a player option for next season.
"Alex's decision was one based on not knowing what his closer, his catcher and one of his statured pitchers was going to do," Boras said. "He really didn't want to make any decisions until he knew what they were doing."
A-Rod had 10 days after the World Series in order to "not make a decision." Opting out of the contract? That's a fucking decision.
At least just admit you didn't want to be a Yankee any longer.. but really, after all he'd said previously, are we to expect an honest answer from Rodriguez on this?
At first I was thinking this must have beeen a ploy by Boras to threaten the opt-out but never file it, but it doesn't appear to be so.
Why would Boras remove the one team that would have the best financial offer on the table before the bidding begins? Who can afford Rodriguez now? The Mets could, but are set at SS and 3B for years. The Red Sox? Could anyone see Red Sox fans embracing him, or Alex being comfortable with the media pressure there, ESPECIALLY if he starts a year after a World Series win and they don't win during his tenure? Los Angeles is a possibility. So is Los Angeles of Anaheim.
My guess is Boras made a backroom illegal deal for Rodriguez long before the World Series, and essentially gave him the option of the secret handshake deal or the Yankee extension, and they chose the new team.
This tactic wouldn't be anything new with Boras (see Drew, JD).
If the Yankees were smart they'd stop negotiating with Boras clients all together, and stop being used as fools who drive up market value.
It's a brave new world in the Bronx. By all reports, Joe Girardi is the new manager. No more Donnie Baseball in pinstripes. Torre is gone. A-Rod is gone. Pettitte, Posada and Rivera might be gone (although I would expect the catcher and pitcher to return). The youth movement is officially on.
It's 1996 all over again.
Labels: a-rod, roster moves, scott boras
posted by Mr. Faded Glory @ 9:44 AM