Yanks $100M Short on A-Rod

The all-star wanted a deal with $350 million
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2007 7:39 AM CDT
New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez isn't happy after striking out against the Boston Red Sox in this file photo from September. He hopes to be smiling again when he lands a new contract. (AP Photo/Winslow...   (Associated Press)
camera-icon View 3 more images

(Newser) – Not even close. The Yankees fell more than $100 million short of what A-Rod and agent Scott Boras demanded, ESPN reports. Before opting out of his contract, Alex Rodriguez told the Yanks he wanted a deal worth a staggering $350 million over eight years, but the team figured on about $230 million. The two sides never even sat down to try to bridge the difference.

During the last five years of the proposed Yanks' contract, A-Rod would have earned the highest annual salary in MLB history. The Mets, Dodgers, Giants, Angels, and Marlins still have yet to rule out trying to sign the all-star third-baseman, though sources say it's now unlikely that the Dodgers will be able to afford a deal to reunite A-Rod and Joe Torre, ESPN says.