dryice wrote:Yanks won't resign him cuz they lose the free Texas dough..
that would be dumb for the parties taking advantage of free Texas dough (Yanks and arod) wouldn't it...opt out of the contract, no more Texas dough and then resign w/ Yanks?
Could extend him tho and keep the dough.
While the Yankees would love to continue to have Texas picking up some of the tab, that is a nonfactor here.
Exactly. A-Rod is going to get paid, he doesn't care where it comes from and the Yankees don't have much choice in the matter. There is no way you will ever hear A-Rod say that he won't resign with the Yankees, even though I don't see any way it happens. But neither A-Rod nor Boras are stupid enough to eliminate a team that could help drive his price in the free market up. If people thought his contract with Texas was ridiculous, wait until they get a load of the one he gets this next offseason. Teams won't only be bidding for his services, they will also be bidding for the chance to have A-Rod on their roster as he chases down whatever mark Barry sets the HR record at. 7 or 8 years at $30 per isn't out of the question.
Yup. What irks me as a Yankee fan is how the agents fictitiously mention the Yankees "interest" to drive up the price. They used to be in on most big ticket guys and drove the price up but now, even when they aren't involved, it seems like the agents say that they are just to get their client more $$.
Lofunzo wrote:Yup. What irks me as a Yankee fan is how the agents fictitiously mention the Yankees "interest" to drive up the price. They used to be in on most big ticket guys and drove the price up but now, even when they aren't involved, it seems like the agents say that they are just to get their client more $$.
It could be worse, you could try and sign Gil Meche and have the agent say "Well look how much Carl Pavano and Jaret Wright make."
Tavish wrote:It could be worse, you could try and sign Gil Meche and have the agent say "Well look how much Carl Pavano and Jaret Wright make."
And then that GM should say, "Meche hasn't done squat and both of those guys were signed coming off of great seasons. Try another one."
Not that I'm saying those were good signings, but the Yanks weren't the only ones competing for Pavano and Wright. Meche was not good last year. He's never been good. He's just had potential. Pavano and Wright have definitely performed well in the past.
The chances of this deal happening are 0. They cant afford Zambrano so they definitely can't afford Arod. The only team I see Arod going to would be the Angels for a boatload of players. No one else wants/can afford him
The other wild card here is that if the Cubs do manage to accomplish something for a change, they would likely do EXTREMELY well at selling themselves and get gonzo interest in all things Cubs and, presumably, make money off of it and could end up in a position to be able to afford Cra-Z and A Rod and seven dwarves to boot.
The Cubs already get nice numbers of fans on the road all over the country and I think that there are quite a few people who are out there besides the ones who get stuffed into Wrigley every year. If the Cubs win, we would all have to buy at least one jersey, an official world series hat and perhaps some other goodies as well. While there's plenty of opportunity for people outside the club to make money off of it, I think that a Cubs series appearance would likely rake in some serious dough, likely quite a bit more than the 'typical' team in the world series...
celtics464 wrote: No one else wants/can afford him
Come on now, lets be realistic. I can't have Eva Longoria, but do I want her? Ummm, YES...
And the guys mentioning the pending sale of the Cubbies are dead on, IMO. Zambo will be back with the Cubs next year. He likes it there, he likes his team, he likes the city, and all those people like him. The only reason they haven't locked him up is the sale.
ARod is never going to play for the Cubs. They won't afford him after signing Big Z, on top of all the other salary they picked up last offseason. Note I said they "won't" afford him, not "can't." That's not a typo.