I guess when we assumed the Yankees were the only team that could afford Alex Rodriguez, we were highly mistaken.
Turns out the AL MVP did receive at least one other legitimate offer. And it just so happened to be the 10-year, $350 million deal that agent Scott Boras had originally sought.
The New York Times reported yesterday that the Toldeo Mud Hens, Triple-A affiliate for the Detroit Tigers, called and made the record-setting offer after Hank Steinbrenner said to the paper, “Does he want to go into the Hall of Fame as a Yankee or a Toledo Mud Hen?”
The Mud Hens took that as their window to make a call. With some conditions.
“Rodriguez would have to hit over .350 with at least 75 home runs, and lead the team to an International League title every year of the contract, as well as collect more than 1,500 runs batted in over its course.”
Obviously this would be impossible. Rodriguez has never led any team to a title.