Via Bob Klapisch –
Obviously, Alex Rodriguez hasn’t figured out he is to the Yankees what Freddy Krueger is to REM-stage sleep – a recurring nightmare.
Team officials have been searching for an exit strategy, hoping the commissioner’s office would’ve taken A-Rod off their hands by now. But no such luck: As of Monday, as he worked out for the first time in Tampa, Fla., Rodriguez was officially back in the Yankees’ faces.
A-Rod told reporters he has “unfinished business” from 2012, which, to Yankee elders, is the kiss of death. It’s not just that Rodriguez is bringing his declining skills to the Bronx, it’s the drama, the need for attention, and mostly, the stink of the Biogenesis scandal.
Senior officials long ago stopped trusting Rodriguez; they’re convinced he’s disgraced the franchise with his cheating and has taken their money under false pretenses.
That’s why the Yankees have been rooting so hard for MLB’s investigators while they’ve zeroed in on Biogenesis’ books. Bud Selig is said to be obsessed with bringing down A-Rod and Ryan Braun together. But according to one industry official, the commissioner would like nothing more than to slap a lifetime ban on Rodriguez in particular.
Selig’s detectives so far have uncovered nothing actionable that connects A-Rod to performance-enhancing drugs. They’ve been unable to authenticate or verify any of the documents published in the Miami New Times, even though A-Rod’s name was found on company records 16 times from 2009-12. As long as Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch continues to stonewall and protect Rodriguez – he recently told ESPN he’s nothing more than a “nutritionist” – then the Yankees can forget about MLB doing their dirty work.
In fact, the Bombers are now resigning themselves to the growing probability that A-Rod will go unpunished, and sooner or later will be back in pinstripes.
I still think that, eventually, MLB (and the Yankees) will get something on A-Rod that will allow them to run him out. But, maybe that’s just wishful thinking on my part?