The A-Rod opt out story will be more beaten to death than the "Is Torre Fired" news cycle.
Here's what I believe to be true:
#1 - The Mets will not be in the A-Rod albatross race. Omar Minaya was quoted as saying that A-Rods' agent actions, and by extension A-Rod himself, was the height of narc ism that as a fan of baseball makes him sick to his stomach. Either a shrewd negotiating tactic or a realization he's got no shot whatsoever.
#2 - Wade Boggs, Scott Brosius, and Aaron Boone never put up A-Rod numbers during their tenure with the Yanks; Yet they all managed to do something A-Rod never did: help the team win postseason games. Boggs working a key walk with the bases loaded. Brosius a World Series MVP, and likely would have been another one in '01 had they won. Boone with his walk-off to stab the hearts of Boston fans everywhere. What has A-Rod done by comparison for the Yanks in the playoffs? Simply put, as has been said by everyone here time and time again, you are not a Yankee until you do it in October.
#3 - A-Rod never intended to stay a Yankee given the refusal to meet face to face prior to a decision being made.
#4 - This will prove to be a good thing as it has further freed up resources to make a better team.