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|Why The Deal Wasn't Kosher|
The answer is in the major league collective bargaining agreement, which has rules to protect players making considerably less than $25 million a year who might be pressured to sacrifice their rights to save their jobs.
A-Rod's deal hinged upon an agreement in which he would renegotiate his $252 million, 10-year contract. Rodriguez offered to cut $12 million in exchange for increased marketing and logo use rights. In all, the AL MVP agreed to a cut that would cost him $28 to $30 million.
But the players association rejected these proposed changes.
In the NFL, where most contracts aren't guaranteed, teams frequently cut players -- or threaten to -- if they don't renegotiate their deals. But baseball's labor agreement says that players can only renegotiate deals to add benefits, not give them away.
The rejection of the proposed changes, said players association Wednesday, is rooted in the idea that a restructuring can move money around, but not diminish it.
"It was clear it crossed the line ... and by a huge margin," said Gene Orza, the union's No. 2 official. "The principal involved is a transcendent one, affecting all of Alex's fellow players. To his credit, Alex, from the outset, recognized this."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.