• A-Rod: “Looking Forward To Getting Back!” Cashman: “Good.”

    Posted by on February 1st, 2013 · Comments (9)

    Via ESPN

    A message to the New York Yankees and their fans from Alex Rodriguez: I’m not going anywhere.

    “Alex has no plans at all to retire,” one source with close, personal ties to the embattled third baseman told ESPNNewYork.com on Thursday.

    Another source, authorized by Rodriguez to speak on his behalf, passed this along: “Alex says he’s working diligently on his rehabilitation and is looking forward to getting back on the field as soon as possible.”

    Although neither of those statements mention Rodriguez returning to the Yankees, with whom he has been at odds since last October’s playoffs, he is under contract with the team through 2017 and is owed $114 million, plus a possible $30 million more in incentive bonuses based on reaching career home run milestones.

    Since the disclosure this week of the presence of Rodriguez’s name in the records of Anthony Bosch, a “nutritionist” whose Miami-area anti-aging clinic is suspected of supplying human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing drugs to professional athletes, speculation has run rampant that perhaps Rodriguez never would play another game for the Yankees.

    One report even went so far as to suggest that Rodriguez might retire from baseball, leaving behind the remaining money on his contract. But the word coming out of Miami, where Rodriguez has been rehabbing since undergoing hip surgery earlier this month, tells a different story.

    Both sources paint a picture of a player who, although stung by what he believes is a campaign by the Yankees to rid themselves of his onerous contract, is working hard to return to action sometime after the All-Star break.

    When informed of Rodriguez’s comments, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who had avoided commenting publicly on Rodriguez’s latest incident, responded with one word: “Good.”

    It will be very interesting to see the fans reaction the next time Alex steps up to bat at Yankee Stadium.

    Comments on A-Rod: “Looking Forward To Getting Back!” Cashman: “Good.”

    1. Garcia
      February 1st, 2013 | 12:01 pm

      It will be very interesting to see the fans reaction the next time Alex steps up to bat at Yankee Stadium.

      There are some that will use the defense: well they never liked him before, so now it matters even less and it’ll be the same as it always was.

      I don’t agree with that viewpoint. I think it matters a lot and I am interested in seeing what’s going to happen, too. It’s one thing to be the villain to 1/3 of the people in Yankee stadium, now you just compounded the problem so I can’t help but think it will be a distraction.

      One of the first questions to each of ARod’s teammates will be: Do you think the fans should stop booing ARod? That’s a huge distraction.

      Just think about what a quandary ARod is in, if he comes out in July and starts bashing a ton of homeruns, playing out of his mind, then people will jump to even more conclusions. If he sucks, then he’s still going to feel the heat. The guy is in an absolutely awful situation.

      I think he should say that he has every intention of coming back, even if he secretly doesn’t intend on coming back. I understand why he’d want to collect as much money as possible that’s owed to him. He signed a contract with the Yankees, it’s a legal and binding agreement and in order to get out of that contract then they’ll have to offer him something substantial. I feel that’s what is going to happen. I will be surprised to see ARod playing for the Yankees again.

    2. Evan3457
      February 1st, 2013 | 12:12 pm

      I think if he’s healthy on-schedule, he’ll be back this season. They’ll look closely at every other option, and will wind up concluding that nothing can really be done about it.

    3. February 1st, 2013 | 12:15 pm

      FWIW, Cashman was on ESPN a few minutes ago, in the SC studio, with Linda C, and basically said nothing other than he likes the Ravens on Sunday.

      Seriously, all he said was that Alex is rehabbing, it’s business as usual, and the they are letting MLB do their investigation.

    4. MJ Recanati
      February 1st, 2013 | 2:05 pm

      Garcia wrote:

      One of the first questions to each of ARod’s teammates will be: Do you think the fans should stop booing ARod? That’s a huge distraction.

      That’s a question that’s already been asked of his teammates from 2004-2008. The team managed to live through those years just fine.

    5. MJ Recanati
      February 1st, 2013 | 2:06 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      FWIW, Cashman was on ESPN a few minutes ago, in the SC studio, with Linda C, and basically said nothing other than he likes the Ravens on Sunday.Seriously, all he said was that Alex is rehabbing, it’s business as usual, and the they are letting MLB do their investigation.

      What else would you want him to say?

    6. MJ Recanati
      February 1st, 2013 | 2:06 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      They’ll look closely at every other option, and will wind up concluding that nothing can really be done about it.

      Bingo.

    7. Garcia
      February 1st, 2013 | 2:26 pm

      @ MJ Recanati:
      This is hardly the same, however.

      Between 2004-2008 there wasn’t a strong association with PEDs and ARod. This is totally different set of circumstances. One can argue that between 2004-2008 was more about the Jeter frost, ARod seeking acceptance, and Torre potentially playing favorites.

      This is ALL on ARod. He doesn’t have someone else that he can point the finger to, unless he were standing in front of a mirror.

    8. MJ Recanati
      February 1st, 2013 | 2:49 pm

      @ Garcia:
      Whatever the circumstances, the bottom line is that it’s the same question. I’m not disagreeing that the circumstances may be different and I’m certainly not arguing that this isn’t a mess of his own making but the question is still the same no matter which way you cut it.

    9. Raf
      February 2nd, 2013 | 10:55 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      Seriously, all he said was that Alex is rehabbing, it’s business as usual, and the they are letting MLB do their investigation.

      Would you expect any different? That’s what he has pretty much been saying all along.

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