An interesting wrinkle in the A-Rod opt-out is this: The contract that A-Rod opted out of contained incentive clauses for a bunch of things, among them winning the MVP. In fact, it was an escalating bonus, that gave him $500,000 for his first (which he got in 2003) $1 million for his second (which he got in 2005) and $1.5 million for each one thereafter.
Yesterday, Alex won his third MVP. Had he not opted out of his contract, he would have been due $1.5 million from the Yankees. But, he did opt out.
Here’s the question: Either, Rodriguez was under contract for the season in which he won the MVP, so he should get it, OR, Rodriguez was not under contract when the MVP was awarded, and therefore is not entitled to the bonus money.
Personally, I say stick it to him; no money. The Yankees are under no obligation to him any more, since he voided the terms of his contract and opted out. Too bad for him, it cost him a $1.5 million bonus.