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The New York Yankees are willing to bend their own rules to keep Alex Rodriguez in pinstripes beyond this season.

The Yankees have changed their traditional stance and are now willing to negotiate during the season with their star third baseman on a contract extension, MLB sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.

The key sticking point for the Yankees in the prospective negotiations is that Rodriguez agree not to opt out of his current contract after this season and agree to add any extension to the current contract, which expires after the 2010 season.

While I still think ARod will opt out, this would be a bad thing...