Some bloggers really get excited about breaking a story before the traditional media get the chance to do so. It's their thing, and I never understood it. Until now. Now that I get to break a story, I understand how easy it is to be addicted to the adrenalin that comes with that breaking news. So here goes:
Alex Rodriguez has opted out of his contract with the Yankees, and he will now be a free agent.
Since it's all speculation at this point, I don't have a link to back up my source. You're going to have to trust me on this one. And since no one expected this, I thought I'd jump at the chance to discuss...are you ready?...the possibility of A-Rod...to the Giants!
Uh, yeah. So the A-Rod discussion begins and ends with:
- Signing A-Rod would mean that two players would take up 50% of the payroll.
So no. Forget it. Stop. Spending $50M on two players is insanity, especially if one of those players isn't an All-Star. Or, you know, an average pitcher. It's the little details that count. It turns out that signing Barry Zito might have put a financial burden on the Giants. Who knew?
But now for the comment starter. What if Peter Magowan said this in the "We signed A-Rod W00T!"-press conference:
We went into 2007 with a payroll close to $100 million. We are prepared to raise payroll to $130 million to accommodate A-Rod and build a winner around him. It would have been a $100 million payroll without him, and it's now a $130 million payroll with him.
Yeah, this is the same organization that would only pay for Michael Tucker or a first-round draft pick, but not both. So we're obviously dealing in hypotheticals here.