Per ESPN: Scott Boras, the agent for Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, said players would have interpreted an acceptance by Torre as weakness.
"It is difficult, near impossible, to accept a salary cut," Boras said. "Successful people can afford their principles. They understand if they accept the position, there is a great risk the message to all under him is dissatisfaction."
What a schmuck. That's right. Torre would have been the highest paid manager in baseball this season. Indeed, no other manager in history has EVER been paid $5 mil. Plus Torre would be almost guaranteed to get $6 mil since he's reached the post-season every year and $7 mil if he gets to the second round and $8 mil - the most for any manager in history EVER including himself -- and Boras says that he would have been seen as a weak-ass punk and the players would have dissed him because it was a pay cut. So a manager getting a three year deal after winning the World Series four out of five years should NOT get more than a manager booted out of the post-season three years in a row in the first round? Huh? And money always equals respect, no matter what. There's proof if you need it: A-Rod is gonna opt-out. Otherwise, per Boras, A-Rod's a bitch.