Rodriguez deciding whether to opt out of contract

10/15/2007 - MLB Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees + more

NEW YORK -- While New York Yankees officials prepared to
gather in Florida to determine the fate of manager Joe Torre,
Alex Rodriguez was in California to consult with agent Scott Boras on
his negotiating strategy.

A-Rod and Boras began talks on Sunday, and the agent said the
star third baseman will remain in California for several days.

"We plan to spend a lot of time together in the next week,"
Boras said Monday.

Rodriguez has until the 10th day following the World Series to
decide whether to opt out of his record $252 million, 10-year
contract and become a free agent. The Yankees plan to offer him an
extension and say they would drop out of talks if A-Rod opts out.

"We're going through reams of information now and looking at
the baseball side, the economic aide, the future of his family and
what their goals are, putting all that into the landscape of what
decision he's going to make," Boras said.

Rodriguez is guaranteed salaries of $24 million in each of the
next three seasons from the Yankees, who receive $21.3 million from
Texas as part of the 2004 trade that brought A-Rod to New York. If
Rodriguez opts out, the Yankees would lose that subsidy.

Boras said he isn't sure whether the Yankees' decision on Torre
will be factored into Rodriguez's thinking.

"That's not a question I've ever asked Alex," Boras said.
"Alex enjoyed playing for Joe. Certainly his entire tenure in New
York was with Joe and it's really all he knows as a Yankee. He was
an advocate of Joe's as a manager."