October 12, 2007

AS GORE MUST RUN, SO MUST THE YANKEES SIGN A-ROD FOR 12 YEARS:

A-Rod by the dozen?: Boras hints at 12-year contract for superstar slugger (John Heyman,12, 2007, Sports Illustrated)

The real A-Rod negotiations haven't begun yet, and the rhetoric has already hit fever-pitch levels. GM Brian Cashman predicts these talks will include "a lot of noise and drama'' before they are completed. We're looking forward to it.

The give-and-take already is eye-opening, and speculation within the sport about what A-Rod's final take will be is rising, now often ranging in the $250-to-$300 million range. Considering the 12-year hint, the total asking price is expected to easily exceed $300 million. Superagent Boras appears to have a perfect storm of positive factors, from A-Rod's monster season (.314, 54 home runs, 156 RBIs) to an incredibly weak free-agent class to baseball's big economic leap.

Boras offered multiple reasons why A-Rod's value is unparalleled in a lengthy interview with SI.com on Thursday, so lengthy he may have trouble keeping his famed free-agent player book to one volume. If you want, Boras can also condense his argument into three letters: I, P and N. Which stands for iconic (A-Rod is an icon now, a step up from when he signed his $252-million Rangers deal), performance (that speaks for itself) and network (he significantly raises the price of ad sales and value of a network).

The Yankees have hit home run after home run on the business front, and that doesn't hurt A-Rod, either. Boras said, flatteringly, "The Yankees are very well run.'' The Yankees' attendance is up from 3.5 million to 4.3 million since acquiring A-Rod, the ratings at their YES Network are up and the value of YES is up from close to $1 billion to an estimated $3 billion. Boras estimates that A-Rod increases revenues by $20-30 million, and appreciation goes well above and beyond that.

"The evidence is very clear. This is one of the rare players who literally pays for himself,'' Boras concluded. "The Yankees can't afford not to keep A-Rod.''


If you want him to be a productive player into his 40s you'd better put another $100 million into detection-proof performance enhancing drugs.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 12, 2007 10:36 PM
Comments

The Texas contract was so stupid (from a management viewpoint) that this Boras guy actually expects it to happen again? Oh,right, we're talking about Baseball Team Owners.

If Mr.April had any confidence in his skills, he'd sign for $1 and base the millions on the number of hits, HRs, World Series wins, etc. he'd produce over the next decaded.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 13, 2007 10:19 AM
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