Handicapping these sweepstakes is sure to be tricky. The Dodgers’ chances of landing Rodriguez certainly have been altered with the news that the team might make Joe Torre its next manager. Rodriguez and Torre were together in the Bronx for the past four seasons. During that time, Rodriguez averaged 43 home runs and 128 RBIs per season. Dodgers officials were unavailable for comment as they presumably tend to the Torre proceedings. Speculation as to where Rodriguez will land next season has been going on all summer. It intensified during the deciding game of the World Series on Sunday night, when Boras officially said his client would opt out of his contract. That means Rodriguez will walk away from a guaranteed $72 million. He had three years remaining on a record-breaking, 10-year, $252 million deal he signed with the Texas Rangers before the 2001 season. According to reports, Major League Baseball on Monday received the letter that officially requested Rodriguez’s release from the deal. The opt-out clause was written into the contract. The Angels have made it no secret that they are interested in upgrading their offensive attack. But as dominating as he can be, Rodriguez might not fit into their plans. Angels owner Arte Moreno has repeatedly said that even though he respects Rodriguez as a player, he has no interest in placing 25 percent of the team’s payroll in the hands of one player. Indications are that Rodriguez could be seeking anywhere from $200 million to $240 million over eight seasons. Asked about Rodriguez at the conclusion of the season, Manager Mike Scioscia did not sound as if he is expecting to pencil Rodriguez’s name in the 2008 lineup. “I would speak to what Arte said, and I agree to what he says,” new Angels general manager Tony Reagins said. “You want to position yourself to make your club better. For the club and the fans, if it makes sense, then you will explore the opportunity.” This might not make sense, though. “Obviously we will do things within reason,” Reagins said, declining to speak about Rodriguez in particular. “There is not an endless bank here. It has to make economic sense and it has to make baseball sense.” According to reports, the Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, New York Mets and San Francisco Giants are expected to be interested in Rodriguez along with the Angels and Dodgers. Also Angels outfielder Tommy Murphy and right-hander Marc Gwyn were outrighted off the 40-man roster and are now minor league free agents. Another spot on the Angels’ 40-man roster was cleared when outfielder Nick Gorneault was claimed off outright waivers by the Texas Rangers. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BASEBALL: Dodgers and Angels both given a good chance to sign Rodriguez. By Doug Padilla Staff Writer You can bet on this: Alex Rodriguez will be playing for the Angels or Dodgers on opening day in 2008. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Really, you can bet on it. Now that Rodriguez has opted out of his lucrative New York Yankees contract to become a free agent, a proposition bet on where he might land is being offered by the gambling Web site www.bodoglife.com. The site is giving 3-to-1 odds that Rodriguez will be wearing Angels red next season, the lowest odds on the board. Just behind the Angels are the Dodgers, coming in at 4-to-1 to land A-Rod. Where the two-time MVP really ends up is anybody’s guess. Rodriguez is about to earn his third league MVP award in the coming weeks. Adding to the speculation that A-Rod will land in Southern California is information from a former National League general manager who is still involved in the day-to-day operations of a major league club. He has indicated that Rodriguez recently purchased property in the Orange County area. The unsubstantiated information could mean that Rodriguez already has his sights on joining the Angels, Dodgers, or even the San Diego Padres. Or not. It could just mean that his Orange County-based agent, Scott Boras, found him a sweet deal on a long-term investment.