By Bryan Jeon
So much for the New York Yankees set on making Alex Rodriguez the richest man in baseball. Rodriguez opted out of his 10-year, $252 million contract Sunday, likely ending his career with New York. The Yankees have made it clear that they will not attempt to re-sign A-Rod if he opts out of his contract and attempted to lure him with a 5-year extension worth a reported $150 million a day earlier. He will forfeit the remaining 3 years and guaranteed $72 million to become a free agent.
Agent Scott Boras said the decision was based on the uncertainty of Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte returning to the Yankees. It also comes before the Yankees decided on their new manager to replace the recently resigned Joe Torre, which can come as early as Monday if the Boston Red Sox sweep the Colorado Rockies tonight.
It has yet to be seen which teams are willing to jump on Rodriguez, 32, as his market price of about $30 million a year makes many teams unable to purchase the soon-to-be AL MVP, but let the rumors begin on where the best hitter in baseball will play next year. And look for the Yankees to get a whole new face lift on opening day, as all of these uncertain players will slowly disband in the offseason.
On the next episode of the Yankees saga, catch who New York will make their new manager for the 2008 season.