Via the Daily News -
Alex Rodriguez is unlikely to ever wear the pinstripes again, sources familiar with the Yankees’ situation with their troubled third baseman told the Daily News, no matter what happens regarding new allegations that he is again involved with performance-enhancing drugs.
According to numerous baseball sources, the hip surgery Rodriguez is now recovering from will likely derail his playing career, leaving him in such a diminished role that he may consider a settlement or an outright retirement. He still has five years and $114 million left on his contract.
“I don’t know why he would want to go through the pain of rehabbing and trying to play up to the caliber of player he was, and come back to a game where nobody wants him,” said a baseball official.
“If he did that, he’d be a part-time player and presumably unable to achieve any of the incentive clauses in the contract or even the milestones.”
This could be a way to force A-Rod’s hand – and one that is totally legal, etc. The Yankees can simply tell him “Do what you need to do, yadda-yadda. But, when you come back, we’re not playing you. If we are forced to active you, you will set the bench the entire time you are with the team. We will only use you in mop-up duty. And, if you refuse to go play in the field when you are called upon, we will void your contract for your refusal to play.”
Sure, it would be a media mess and a distraction to the team. But, the long term gain from the short term pain may just be worth it.