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Buster Olney thinks ARod will opt out

Buster Olney mentions again today that he is becoming convinced that Alex Rodriguez will opt out of his contract after 2007, giving up the last three years at $27 million (which is more like $23-24 million, because of the deferred money) to seek something like 8 years, $160 million in the open market.

Being a free agent at 32 is a whole lot more attractive than being a free agent at 35 -- as Olney points out -- and opting out at that point would make a fair amount of sense for Rodriguez, particularly if he tears it up next season.

Let's cross our fingers...that's the equivalent of an extra $21 million or so back in Tommy Boy's pocket if ARod opts out, meaning that much more available to spend on the Rangers...