There is a lot of talk about whether A-Rod will walk away from his contract. Sure the $81MM is a lot to walk away from. And he won't get $27MM per year. However, I do think he will opt out and sign a nice 7 or 8 year deal at $20MM per year. Maybe with the Angels or Dodgers. Or perhaps there is some wild card out there.
The two things they really can spin are a return to SS and that a long term deal allows Alex to finish his career somewhere. I can hear the Boras spin now "Alex and Cynthia have a young daughter who will be starting her education in a couple of years and they just thought as parents that it would be the right thing to do to secure her future and not have to uproot the family in the middle of her formative years. Mr. Moreno (or Mc Court or McGowan or whomever) have shown a commitment to Alex that he will be the cornerstone of the franchise while allowing him to return to his natural position. Additionally, making the sacrifice of forgoing the extra additional compensation he could have recieved on an annual basis shows that Alex is dedicated to winning and demonstrates that these decisions are not about being the highest paid player in the game or having the largest contract......"
We can sit hear and ask, who the hell will pay 160/8, but weren't we just asking that about Zito and Soriano? I'm too tired to look it up, but I would guess A-Rod has appeared in more all star games than the two of them combined. and you can probably throw Carlos Lee into the equation as well.