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Congratulations, Texas Rangers

You're off the hook.

DENVER -- Alex Rodriguez notified the Yankees on Sunday that he's opting out of his record $252 million contract, has learned.

Rodriguez's decision means he will become a free agent and be able to negotiate with all clubs. Rodriguez's bombshell move will shake up the entire winter for the Yankees -- who had hoped to retain him with a big extension -- as well as other big-market clubs that will now pursue him.

With the Yankees allegedly out of the picture, I've (perhaps irrationally, but I doubt it) resigned myself to the fact that Alex Rodriguez will begin 2008 with either the Angels or Red Sox.

Yeah, this is going to be a spectacular offseason.