Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The Rangers are the big winner

Remember that classic scene in "Swingers" where Vince Vaughn asks Jon Favreau, "Who's the big winner at the casino tonight?"

Well, if Alex Rodriguez were a casino, the answer to the above question would be, for now, the Texas Rangers.

No, the Rangers aren't going to sign Rodriguez again. They've been down that road before and seen how it ends.

So why should the Rangers be happy about Rodriguez opting out of his contract with the New York Yankees? It's easy -- Texas is no longer on the hook for more than $21 million in the next three seasons.

That's right. People tend to forget the Rangers have paid a nice-sized portion of A-Rod's salary since trading him to the Yankees prior to the 2004 season.

Now, general manager Jon Daniels has an extra $7 million or so in spending money to upgrade the Rangers. So, until Rodriguez breaks the bank with his next contract, no one involved in the Rodriguez-Yankees breakup profits more than Texas.


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