Rodriguez wraps up meetings with Boras
Alex Rodriguez and his agent, Scott Boras, have wrapped up a three-day meeting, with Boras believing his client has the information he needs to decide whether to stay with the New York Yankees or opt out of his contract.
A-Rod Worth A Lot
Alex Rodriguez has an impressive career resume, which figures only to grow. Some of his career highlights:
• Youngest ever to hit 300 HR, 400 HR, 450 HR, 500 HR
• 6 straight 40-HR seasons; 10 straight 30-HR seasons
• 3 50-HR seasons
• 2 MVPs (2003 & 2005)
In addition, he's on the short list of players who have led baseball in home runs, RBIs and runs in the same season:
|Alex Rodriguez, 2007||54||156||143|
|Roger Maris, 1961||61||142||132|
|Mickey Mantle, 1956||52||130||132|
|Johnny Mize, 1947||51||138||137|
|Ted Williams, 1942||36||137||141|
Rodriguez and Boras met for three days in Southern California. Boras called the meetings an "academic exercise" for Rodriguez to assess his options, the New York Post reported Wednesday.
Rodriguez has 10 days after the end of the World Series to decide whether to stay with the Yankees, or opt out of his contract and become a free agent. If he does that, the Yankees would lose a $20-plus million subsidy from the Texas Rangers and general manager Brian Cashman has said he would recommend the Yankees not negotiate with Rodriguez after that.
Boras has said repeatedly that he will try to tie Rodriguez's value to a regional sports network. The Yankees have the YES Network in New York.
A network executive told the Post that convincing YES to pay part of Rodriguez's salary would be a challenge.
"It is not impossible, but is not easy," one executive told the newspaper. "Maybe [YES] could be convinced that if something is good for the Yankees, it is good for everyone."
Said another: "I can't conceive where [the] Yankees go to YES and ask to be underwritten on a player. If Alex leaves, YES is fine. That would not cripple the network."