While reading an ESPN chat, I came across an interesting interview with Brian Cashman.
Of particular interest, to me at least -
Interviewer - And if Alex opts out, the Yanks will not pursue him?
Cashman - If he opts out, we won't pursue him. It's basically economics. Any discussions will have to be prior to opting out. If he opts out, we will have to go in a different direction.
The whole article is a good read, for those of you interested in knowing thine enemy.