A-Rod sending subtle messages?

It's rainin' in paradise
A-Rod wants to go to Boston

Note that although I’m linking to this piece, I don’t buy into it. Columbia Law professor Jeff Gordon posits that A-Rod’s opt-out is a sign that he wants to stay in New York. He employs some decent logic, enough to get an A-Rod fan excited.

Stay tuned to RAB. We have longer pieces ready to launch at 10 and 11 a.m.

It's rainin' in paradise
A-Rod wants to go to Boston
  • Yankee Fan in Chicago

    Yeah, the new piece is up in my feedreader but not available for comment. I’ve been dying to comment that I still think Boras has a deal in place to go to Boston, a la Nancy last season.

    The Globe piece is an attempt to soften the resistance of the Sawx hordes to Slappy McBluelips when the inevitable signing happens. See, they’re saying, he really really loves us and wants to play here.

    Unnecessary really. Was there any doubt that every frat boy in NE would be sporting a #13 Sawx jersey the day the signing is announced?

  • Pete

    I can’t believe you actually posted this article… this is the dumbest thing I ever read.

    Not crapping on RAB (you guys didn’t write it), just saying this article further enforces my extreme dislike of A-Rod. And its pretty shady that this unknown “law professor” gets a soapbox in the NYT, just when the Boras machine happens to be in Code Red spin force.

    All this article tries to accomplish is make the Yanks look petty and spiteful, and A-Rod to be this innocent young kid who just wants his “fair” value assessment. Screw A-Rod and screw his “handlers.”

    We’ll probably be seeing more and more of these “editorials” as it becomes more and more apparent that A-Rod won’t get his original offer from the Yanks.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Jeffrey Gordon is a pretty well-known Columbia professor. It’s not unreasonable for The Times to print pieces from high-profile academics who may know a thing or two about the topic on hand.

      • Pete

        I just thought the timing of this “editorial” was weird, that’s all.

        It just seemed Boras was trying to dig his way out of his own ditch, and here comes this editorial that seems like it was penned by Boras himself.

        Like another poster wrote, it tries way too hard to make a contrarian point (“A-Rod isn’t greedy, only the Yankees are”) that it stretches itself past credibility.

  • http://mvn.com/milb-yankees EJ

    There’s a problem with that Gordon piece: Couldn’t Alex Rodriguez just wait until the deadline to opt-out if the and the Yankees had disagreements and still not be seen as dissing Joe Girardi?

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    Er, at least, I thought we had pieces ready to go at 10 a.m. but it’s not showing up yet.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Scratch that. It’s up.

  • Jon

    Yeah, this article is a joke. It’s like he’s looking so hard for an opposing viewpoint, looking for any little thing, and stretching it as far as it can possibly go.

    There’s no justification for any of his points.

    I still stand by my reasoning, which I’ve (no doubt painfully to you guys) been repeating all along:

    ARod is not interested in the highest contract, wants to get out of New York, and had to opt out when he did because if he waited, his BS excuse of the “uncertainty” around the Yankees would be gone.

  • Back Bay Yankee

    Yeah, color me unconvinced. Seems to me that all this “signaling” would be better accomplished by actually talking to people, rather than taking actions and expecting them to understand. It looks a lot more like a fait accompli than signaling behavior. Also, A-Rod’s not some scrappy underdog looking to improve his market value, he’s the highest paid player in baseball.

  • Bill Porter

    I think the problem with the article is that some of the logic driving the professor’s analysis is faulty. 31 million dollars in salary from the Dodgers does not equal that amount from the Yankees because of the luxury tax. Additionally, the luxury tax makes the money paid by Texas, which I believe is paid pre-tax by Texas, more valuable as well. I think the professor’s argument is somewhat shallow. If the Yankees were to sign A-Rod at an average of $30 million beginning this year it would actually cost them $42 million with the LT calculated at the current rate. I don’t think that figure would kick the Dodgers into the Tax bracket the Yankees occupy.

    When the difference is calculated at what the Yankees would have paid A-Rod given no opt out by A-Rod with the Texas money thrown in I think signing him at the figure Boras/A-Rod demand would result in a total payment difference of approximately $24 million more. That’s a lot of cake even in 2007 dollars. That’s a pretty funny way of telling the Yankees you’d like to stick around.

  • Steve S

    I think his basic premise is off. Even without the luxury tax, Arod’s value to the Yankees is well below a team like the Dodgers. Beyond the baseball side of it, in which the Yankees were a 94 win playoff team last year and the Dodgers weren’t, the financial aspect doesn’t make any sense. The Yankees are going into the last year at the stadium and the first year at the new one. These two factors in themselves insulate the Yankees from worrying about filling a stadium or staying media relevant (something the Dodgers need Arod for).

  • Anon

    Typical Yankee fan douche-bags.

  • http://riveravenuewatch.blogspot.com Mike NYY

    Right after all I guess