It may have been inadvertent. It may have been part of an uncharacteristically clever plan. The main stream media people have not addressed it, being too absorbed by the melodrama.
I do not know the answer. The Yankees will pay Alex Rodriguez his baseball salary in 2017, plus some small amount for his consulting. That's what seems to be part of the deal announced yesterday between Rodriguez and the Yankees. But if Rodriguez is not an active player after Friday Aug. 12, does his $21 million 2017 baseball salary count towards the total team payroll in 2017 and indirectly towards the "luxury tax" that rich teams pay to poor teams, which are eating their lunch?