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Outside The Confines: ARod’s not making friends with salary cap comments

Maybe he’s hoping to curry favor with owners, though.

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Only one player in MLB history has set contract records twice in his career by amassing two different 10-year deals worth $252 and $275 million respectively, and this week that player came out vocally in favor of MLB players accepting a salary cap.

Never mind that he directly benefitted from engorged salaries, or that the wealth he accumulated now sees him angling to buy the Mets. On Thursday, while also making news because he would be “distancing” himself from covering Mets games for ESPN, he also said the player union and the owners need to work together to keep baseball solvent, and as part of that, players need to accept a salary cap.

The whole article on ESPN is worth a read, but players union head Tony Clark didn’t mince any words about his opinion on ARod’s shifting values:

“Alex benefited as much as anybody from the battles this union fought against owners’ repeated attempts to get a salary cap. Now that he is attempting to become an owner himself his perspective appears to be different. And that perspective does not reflect the best interests of the players.”

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.