A-Rod wanted $350 million from the Yankees, but they valued him at $250 million. Of course, Hank Steinbrenner is trying to pull himself out of his dad’s giant shadow, but still, he’s a jerk too. But A-Rod is a bigger jerk.
A-Rod didn’t actually diss Hank Aaron, and when they meet he “would like to donate a portion of his next contract to a charity of Aaron’s choosing.” I guess Richie Rich thinks he’s got so much money he can buy anybody.
“”You know what Alex loves?” Boras said. “At the All-Star Game in San Francisco, he had a chance to talk about hitting with Barry Bonds for an hour.” Hitting, or maybe the best way not to fail a test?
A-Rod is reportedly looking for 12 years, $360 million. That’ll make him 44 years old, which would probably be about the end of his career, but he certainly won’t be worth $30 million a year by then, and he certainly won’t be playing for whichever team signs him. I’m guessing he’ll be about three teams along by then.
A-Rod’s number one choice is Boston. Given the fans’ response to him there, I would be surprised if their ownership went for him. After all, they’re actually pretty intelligent owners in Boston now. They know when they would be bringing in a clubhouse cancer. Hey, remember when he tried to go there the first time, and they wouldn’t negotiate over a few million? You think they will over $360 million?
A-Rod in Spring Training: “I love being the highest-paid player in the game. It’s pretty cool. I like making that money,” he said. “You get crushed, but you know what? It’s pretty cool I enjoy it.”
Another big rumor is that the Angels are the front runners. That’d be pretty funny, given how much they play both Seattle and Texas. The fans would be on him all the time.
The joke on Saturday Night Live yesterday (paraphrased): “A-Rod opted out of his Yankees contract. Now we get to see which owner has too much money, and no desire to win during the next decade.”
I know this is a Rangers blog, and I shouldn’t really care so much, but I will always hate him, so the next few weeks or months are going to be a fun ride.