My first thoughts upon learning Arod opted out of his record-breaking contract. Fuck him. Let him walk. See if he can possibly get something better than what the Yanks were reportedly going to offer ($30 million average annual salary over the next seven to eight years. Something Boras said made absolutely no sense. "He really didn't want to make any decisions until he knew what they [Rivera, Pettitte and Posada] were doing." They still haven't made any decisions! All three could return to the Yanks, or all three could depart.
Cash will now likely focus on signing either Mike Lowell or trading for Miguel Cabrera or Garrett Atkins.
Pete Abe said it best:
Given that Rodriguez made his decision without first negotiating with the Yankees, it appears he never had any intention of staying in New York.The circus will be somewhere else next year, and that is comforting...