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Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod) a free agent

Sports Illustrated reports that Alex Rodriguez is opting out of future contract with the Yankees.

Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod) a free agent According to Sports Illustrated, Alex Rodriguez, a.k.a. A-Rod, will not be playing for the Yankees. His agent Scott Boras has told the sports magazine that A-Rod will be opting out of his $252 million contract and will become a free agent. Boras also claims that they have notified the Yankees in writing and on the phone. The Yankees say they are unaware of the decision, but if Rodriguez decides to be a free agent, the club will not chase after him. Al-Rod told his agent that he wasn't given nearly enough time to make a decision (10 days after the World Series), especially with the uncertainty surrounding Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera.

Alex Rodriguez was traded in 2004 from the Texas Rangers to the New York Yankees and as part of the trade, the Rangers agreed to  pay $67 million of the $179 million left on A-Rod's contract. If Rodriguez opts out, the Rangers would still have to pay the Yankees $30 million. The $252 million record-breaking contract was signed with the Rangers in 2000 for 10 years, 2007 being the year A-Rod could opt out and become a free agent.

 Published on 10/28/2007

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