I'm not sure I understand why everyone is getting so up in arms about Alex Rodriguez opting out of his contract with the Yankees. Take Hank Steinbrenner's reaction:
"He doesn't understand the privilege of being a Yankee on a team where the owners are willing to pay $200 million to put a winning product on the field. I don't want anybody on my team that doesn't want to be a Yankee."
But apparently salary records are more important than history’s snapshots to Alex. Apparently, Alex’s wife put signing for ego dough on his honey-do list.
And if this is indeed his final dash out the side door – and if we are to take the Yankees at their word, it is absolutely that – then it comes as part of a perfect A-Rod opera, a me-first symphony that would be appalling if it weren't so predictable.
That's the point, it's totally predictable. It's totally predictable because he's had this clause in his contract for years, because everyone has talked about his opt-out clause ad nauseum and because he's the same guy he always was. So is Scott Boras. This is the same pair that took a deal with a bad Rangers team because it offered the most money not because it gave him a chance to become an iconic player on a winning team. This is the same pair that negotiated opt-out and escalator clauses in a contract because it was more important to be the highest-paid player in baseball at the expense of anything and everything else.
Don't believe Boras' nonsense about the Yankees being in a transition mode, that had nothing to do with why Rodriguez is opting out of his contract. He wants the mega-payday, he wants the bidding war, he wants the spotlight more than he wants anything else. He always has and he always will. The only surprising thing that could have happened would be if A-Rod stayed with the Yankees under his existing deal. Everything else is going right according to plan.