While preparing for work this morning, I was listening to Mike & Mike on ESPN Radio, and they were discussing the Alex Rodriguez' opt-out clause, which he can exercise at the end of the 2007 season. They reported this was increasingly likely.
I am surprised. ARod is going to make $83 MM over the next three years (AAV $27.7MM). There is no way he gets the same amount of money over that same period of time. While JD Drew is the trend-setter in opting-out and signing a larger deal, he only went from $11MM AAV to $14MM AAV. That is a wee teeny bit of infomartion that needs to be kept in mind.
Who is going to pay a 32-year-old who has be submerged in three years of negativity and has demonstrated a weakness in handling pressure more than $83MM over the next three seasons??