Report: Yankees, A-Rod back in talks

Discussion in 'Baseball' started by Babe_Ruth, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. Babe_Ruth

    Babe_Ruth Sultan of Swat Staff Member V.I.P.

    The Yankees, who have maintained publicly that they would not negotiate with Rodriguez after the soon-to-be three-time MVP opted out of his contract during Game 4 of the World Series, have been discussing a new deal with A-Rod's camp for the last few days, the New York Daily News reported on its web site, citing a source with knowledge of the situation.

    But these aren't your normal negotiations.
    The Yankees, who lost $21 million worth of contract subsidy from the Rangers when Rodriguez opted out of the last three years of his contract, do not want A-Rod's agent involved in the process at all.
    "We will not negotiate with Scott Boras," a Yankees source told the Daily News. "He cannot be in the room."

    Friends and advisors of Rodriguez in his native Miami have been advising him to dump Boras, a source told's Ken Rosenthal. Rodriguez has staunchly rejected the idea, the source says.

    The other catch in a potential deal? A-Rod would appear likely to make less money per year than if he had signed the five-year extension in the neighborhood of $140 million that the Yankees were rumored to have offered their former third baseman. According to a high-ranking Yankees source, the team would be willing to bring Rodriguez back on a below-market contract that would make up for the money lost by the opt-out, the newspaper reported.

    It was Rodriguez who apparently contacted the Yankees, not the other way around, the Daily News reported. He did so through a third-party intermediary. "He went to them," said the source. However, A-Rod would have to have person-to-person talks with Hank and Hal Steinbrenner before a deal could be made, the newspaper said.

  2. njbroncsfan

    njbroncsfan Registered Member

    Rumor has it they agreed on a 10 year, 270 million dollar contract. Deal to be announced within the next 48 hours. You heard it here first.
  3. Babe_Ruth

    Babe_Ruth Sultan of Swat Staff Member V.I.P.

    If he does re-sign with the Yankees that would be a good move for the Yankees, he's not the best in the Post Season, but he's the best player in Major Leagues, and he's going to win his third MVP this season. That's a lot of money, but I am sure he's going to earn it.
  4. Rise Up! (Witness™)

    Rise Up! (Witness™) Registered Member

    Oh sure he's going to earn it. He is the best player in baseball as of right now I don't care what anyone says. Although his performance suffers, once he reaches the playoffs, it's not all of his fault for the Yankees losing in the post season. You also have to think that he plays for a New York ball club. It would be so hard to play under that much scrutinty, escpecially when it comes down to playoff time and you are struggling.
  5. Babe_Ruth

    Babe_Ruth Sultan of Swat Staff Member V.I.P. - Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees are discussing a deal that seems very likely to put the superstar third baseman back in pinstripes only two weeks after team officials had said "good-bye" to baseball's best everyday player.

    A 10-year megadeal for about $280 million -- yet another record contract for A-Rod -- is expected to be completed in the next day or two.

    There is a great deal of optimism that an accord can be struck soon, as the sides were down to discussing incentive monies and contract language, an indication they possibly were in the final stages of negotiation. But while an agreement seemed extremely likely, both sides cautioned late Wednesday that it had yet to be completed.

    The new contract is likely to include an unprecedented incentive package that could put the total package at well over $300 million. It's the right deal for the Yankees in any case, since there would have been no way to replace A-Rod's 54 home runs and 156 RBIs, they didn't love the other third-base options, and they cringed at the idea of trading a top young starting pitcher like Joba Chamberlain or Phil Hughes for Marlins' wunderkind Miguel Cabrera.

    Rodriguez's agent, Scott Boras, was in negotiations Wednesday with top Yankees' people in an effort to wrap up what will be the biggest individual contract in sports history, easily eclipsing A-Rod's former $252 million deal, despite its circuitous route to this point. But while the deal will easily surpass the eight-year, $220 million proposal the Yankees seemed prepared to offer before Rodriguez opted out, it will also be short of the $350 million figure he was reportedly hoping to land.$280_million_deal_finished_by_weekend/
  6. Jonnymovgamer

    Jonnymovgamer Registered Member

    From what I saw a little while ago on ESPN, they have agreed on the basics and are now hammering out a final deal. I expected him to go elsewhere. I guess no team wanted to pay him the amount he was looking for. I wonder what the fan reaction will be on opening day.
  7. Hoosier_Daddy

    Hoosier_Daddy Registered Member

    He should leave and go back to playing shortstop. He's much better than Jeter at that position and won't get a chance to show it in NY.

  8. Babe_Ruth

    Babe_Ruth Sultan of Swat Staff Member V.I.P.

    New York Daily News - Just days after agreeing to a gargantuan contract after his gargantuan season that should result in his being named MVP Monday, Alex Rodriguez said Saturday he has "some unfinished business in New York."

    Presumably, he's not talking about simply signing the 10-year, $275 million contract he and the Yankees negotiated late in the week.

    Rodriguez, in his first public comments since he and the Yankees reunited, told - the Web site for Major League Baseball - that he and his wife, Cynthia, finally feel like New Yorkers, and New York "is a place we want to be a long time."

    "I love New York," Rodriguez said. "My family has felt very comfortable in New York. The last four years have been sometimes rocky, sometimes amazing, but after knocking our heads into the wall for three years, we felt we figured it out."

    "I have some unfinished business in New York."
  9. njbroncsfan

    njbroncsfan Registered Member

  10. redsoxocd

    redsoxocd living on the border

    I'm going to argue and say that he is not the best player in the Major Leagues. I mean, whether or not you can play under the pressure of the playoffs is a big thing, and A-rod just cant. "With the kind of money that A-rod getting paid he should be bringing home a World Series trophy every season" (Night at the Musuem). That statement holds a lot of truth. Why pay so much money for one player who can help to get to the pleliminary rounds, but then cant help you go all the way. The yankees would have been much better spending their money on a group of guys who can come together and get the job done.

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