DENVER -- Alex Rodriguez notified the Yankees on Sunday that he's opting out of his record $252 million contract, SI.com has learned.
Rodriguez's decision means he will become a free agent and be able to negotiate with all clubs. Rodriguez's bombshell move will shake up the entire winter for the Yankees -- who had hoped to retain him with a big extension -- as well as other big-market clubs that will now pursue him.
Rodriguez's agent Scott Boras said he sent word of the opt-out in writing Sunday and left phone and text messages for Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.
According to team president Randy Levine, the Yankees were unaware of Rodriguez's decision.
The Yankees have said that once A-Rod opts out, they wil not pursue him, since they will lose the benefit of the Texas Rangers' $30-million subsidy.
"Alex made the decision today,'' Boras said. "I thought we should notify the club.''
I hope they don't even try to re-sign him. He was already making a ton of money, this is redicilous. Its time for the Yankees to move on from this guy. Obviously he doesn't want to remain in New York.
I thought this guy was a winner, but I guess he is just in it for the money. I really gave this guy break after break and cheered for him. I think he has just dissed all the fans who stuck by him through his struggles.
Edited by thefiestygoat, 17 November 2007 - 02:29 PM.