Do you think this is a possibility?
With the recent rapid increase in salaries this offseason, I have to think that AROD may be trying to determine if he can opt out of his deal and make more in the long run.
I think Hicks would still be on the hook for the deferred money related to 2007 and prior years, but any portion of his $27M salary for 2008, 2009, and 2010 that he owes AROD would be wiped off.
A-Rod and Soriano, for example, are about the same age. If Soriano can get an 8-year, $136M contract, A-Rod should be able to do a hell of a lot better than that just 1 year later, considering he's a much better offensive and defensive player at a premium position.
It wouldn't hurt if the Yankees struggled a bit this year.
Think any team would offer AROD an 8-year deal worth $160M? If so, that would mean that he would have to get a 6-year/$80M deal after his current contract expires (at the age of 35) for him to beat this hypothetical deal.
Thoughts on any likelihood of this happening?