LADY AT THE BAT: Hey Boras, Stop Your Bluffing

Monday, October 29, 2007

Hey Boras, Stop Your Bluffing

The Alex Rodriguez opt-out happened sooner than most people thought it would and shocked just about everyone. Should it have? No.

The Yankees have steadfastly said they would not negotiate with A-Rod if he opts out of his contract. They've said it so many times that it has become hard not to believe them. Even Scott Boras has commented on how unprecedented the Yankees actions are. The Yankees, it seems, have the upper hand. What else was Boras supposed to do? This was the only way he could wrest control of the situation back to himself: Announcing A-Rod's opt out at the earliest possible moment, during Game 4 of a World Series in which the arch-rival Red Sox were about to sweep.

Boras claimed that not knowing the contract status of key Yankees like Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte contributed to A-Rod's decision to opt out. He also focused on the fact that Hank Steinbrenner said the team was in a "transitional" phase and referred to the Steinbrenner Brothers as "the new owners."

This is transparency to the hilt. Boras knows Hank's comments about transition were just a shot at Joe Torre. He also knows that the Yankees always put a competitive team on the field, year after year. No matter what happens to Rivera, Posada and Pettitte, the Yankees will have a contending team next year. They're always willing to do what it takes for that to happen.

So, stop your bluffing, Scott Boras, and good luck getting A-Rod the contract you want from another team.

The Lady