Monday, October 29, 2007


The slimeball agent for Alex Rodriguez leaked/announced during the last game of the World Series that A-Rod would buy out his contract with the Yankees and become a free agent.

Never mind that the move was tone deaf. A-Rod demonstrated he not only thinks he's bigger than his team. He also showed he thinks he's bigger than the whole freaking game! After what might be his best year, he demonstrates that he's just a technocrat, not a teammate.

Very disappointing.


At 1:21 PM, October 29, 2007, Blogger TOOKIE said...

But he soon could be in Cubbie Blue........

Then I don't give a damn !

At 2:27 PM, October 29, 2007, Blogger THE ORACLE... said...

In a certain sense I agree with you here. But how many players stay with one team a whole career? That's the exception. If there is no loyalty from the team owner to the player, how can we expect the player to be loyal to them? The players are a commodity to the owners to be be traded, released or demoted at their discretion. How many players have been traded away that would gladly have stayed with their clubs? Sure. Boras is a greaseball. He will do whatever he can, ethical or unethicalin the realm of negotiation to get the most for his client. At the end of the day, wouldn't we all want that from our agents? Or our lawyers?

At 2:51 PM, October 29, 2007, Blogger UMRBlog said...

dos kilos,

There will be no place for him to play. Rammie at third and Miggie Tejada @ short and no DH in the NL. Orioles can't wait to get rid of Miggie and Hendry can't wait to snap him up.


At 3:03 PM, October 29, 2007, Blogger UMRBlog said...


That's what I meant by tone deaf. There was nothing in this announcement that would have made ARod a dime. This was about Boras acquiring new clients. You know about public announcements for maximum impact. The best way would have been to wait till the last tuesday (NHL is no competition) and make your announcement at a news conference. Give everybody six or seven days to speculate about who could afford ARod and whether he can even legally be talking to anyone. It would have been like the runup to MJ's first retirement. This, on a low share weeknight telecast was ineffective.

It just happened to leak out while game four is being played? Please!

You can't make optimum money for baseball players if baseball doesn't make money. If you hurt the credibility of the competition or water down the product (World Series), you eventually cost the enterprise money.

In the NBA your argument about trades might carry some weight but players have the right to play out options and become free agents and to negotiate "no trade" clauses or trade buyout clauses. The movement is bi-lateral. It is not ARod's mobility or buyout I'm objecting to, just the sleazy announcement during the World Series.

BTW, for those of you scoring at home, it's almost certainly back to the Rangers. They start the bidding $30M ahead of everyone else because that's what they were committed to pay the Yankees against ARod's salary anyhow.



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