Friday, September 15, 2017

Sporting News: Opt-out clauses in baseball are no longer reserved for game's elite

It once took plenty of hubris to request an opt-out clause in an MLB contract.

In 2001, Alex Rodriguez, then one of the best hitters in the game, began a 10-year, $252 million contract with the Rangers which stipulated he could walk away from the deal 70 percent of the way through its term. It was a monstrous salary guarantee coupled with a contingency to pursue even more, while seemingly leaving the signing club high and dry.

But A-Rod was a superstar, his reputation having enough pull to make an opt-out possible. Times have changed.

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