• My Big Question On The A-Rod Situation

    Posted by on August 4th, 2013 · Comments (14)

    The latest on the A-Rod mess via Jon Heyman -

    Barring a last-minute change in tone and strategy by embattled Yankee Alex Rodriguez, Major League Baseball is expected to suspend Rodriguez through 2014 when it announces at least 10 suspensions Monday.

    Rodriguez still has a day to try to cut a deal for a slightly lesser ban, but based on his latest suggestion according to a person briefed on the matter that he serve only 100 games, then “walk away from the game,” the hope for a settlement is diminishing as the clock ticks.

    Rodriguez reached out to both MLB and the Yankees on Saturday looking to make a deal for less than half MLB’s offered ban of 214 games, then bizarrely threw in the suggestion that he could retire with full pay after he served the 100 games.

    Of course, the reality is that he wouldn’t be paid if he retires, a major point he apparently missed as he tries to recoup as much of the $95 million remaining on his Yankees deal as he can.

    Previously, Rodriguez had suggested to people involved in the case that he should receive a penalty of “less than (Ryan) Braun,” figuring that since he didn’t fail a non-survey test he should be lumped in with the other nine or so Biogenesis-linked players never previously suspended.

    Rodriguez’s new offer to “walk away” seems to call into question how badly he wants to come back to play for the Yankees and seems to emphasize the financial aspect of things instead.

    If A-Rod went to MLB people and admitted his wrongdoing — what is said to be “massive violations” — and agreed to a penalty in the range of one year (162 games), it’s possible MLB would listen. But Rodriguez appears more likely at the moment to decide to appeal the 214-game ban through ’14 and take his chances with new MLB arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.

    A lifetime ban, while mentioned earlier, appears to be off the table.

    Rodriguez doesn’t seem to have the right mindset to accept even a 214-game ban. “He thinks he’s the victim. He can’t take responsibility,” said one person involved in the case.

    Yet another involved person put it more bluntly, “He’s clueless as to what he did wrong.”

    MLB and the union declined comment.

    O.K., let’s say that this thing, in the end, results in A-Rod being suspended for the rest of 2013 and all of 2014 – and it’s supported by the arbitrator after the appeal. So, then, my question is: What happens in February of 2015 when then 39-year old Alex Rodriguez shows up in Yankees Spring Training down in Tampa and says “Hey, here I am to play. I still have three years on my contract and $61 million that you owe me. And, I’ve been working out for the last 19 months on my own and I’m ready to go!”

    What the heck do the Yankees do with him then? Think this is a mess now? Just wait until 2015…

    Comments on My Big Question On The A-Rod Situation

    1. redbug
      August 4th, 2013 | 9:46 am

      If your supposition plays out, the Yanks will have a very expensive bench player.

      Since Arod was burning the phone wires trying to work out a deal the day after after his ridiculous victim press conference the night before, I assume there will be more of that today.

      It’s all about the money and the false hope of trying to salvage something of his reputation.

      I hope there’s a deal to be made to have last night’s game in a minor league uniform be his last.

    2. OldYanksFan
      August 4th, 2013 | 10:11 am

      “What the heck do the Yankees do with him then?”

      Well…. it would depend on how serious ARod was about staying in playing shape. If I’m him, I look at being primarily a DH and BU/emergency 3Bman, and work primarily on hitting.

      He Is just a few HRs from Willie.
      ARod may be motivated to still play.
      It would be tough, but it’s not crazy to think he could post a .750 OPS with 15 HRs.

    3. Evan3457
      August 4th, 2013 | 11:05 am

      What the heck do the Yanks do then?

      See what he has left, and if he’s finished, pay off the contract.

    4. August 4th, 2013 | 12:35 pm

      @ Evan3457:
      You think that they want anything to do with this sideshow 2 years from now?

    5. JeremyM
      August 4th, 2013 | 1:04 pm

      My guess is they would work out a settlement before it got to that point, but I could be wrong. Players have come back from all kinds of scummy behavior though, so it’s possible he could comeback despite his age. Maybe he can take some acting lessons so he can learn to come off as genuinely contrite.

    6. August 4th, 2013 | 1:07 pm

      redbug wrote:

      It’s all about the money and the false hope of trying to salvage something of his reputation.

      I think it’s just about the money at this point. If A-Rod cared anything about his rep, ever, he wouldn’t have done half the stupid things he’s done.

    7. Raf
      August 4th, 2013 | 1:08 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      What the heck do the Yanks do then?
      See what he has left, and if he’s finished, pay off the contract.

      Sounds about right.

    8. Raf
      August 4th, 2013 | 1:11 pm

      JeremyM wrote:

      Players have come back from all kinds of scummy behavior though, so it’s possible he could comeback despite his age.

      It’s possible; Steve Howe was suspended numerous times and was able to find work. Manny Ramirez is currently with the Rangers’ AAA team.

    9. August 4th, 2013 | 1:13 pm

      I’ve been saying all year long AROD would never play another game in a Yankee uniform. The Yankees won’t settle with him now there is nothing to gain. Whenever the smoke clears he is in for a substantial suspension, when that time is served the Yankees will deal with the aftermath. Maybe, he won’t be able to pass a physical, who knows. What the team has now is time, and a lot of it. If they have to, the Yanks will choke it down and write that check.

    10. August 4th, 2013 | 1:14 pm

      Joseph Maloney wrote:

      when that time is served the Yankees will deal with the aftermath. Maybe, he won’t be able to pass a physical, who knows.

      That’s probably what they are hoping for…and then have the insurance kick in.

    11. August 4th, 2013 | 1:16 pm

      JeremyM wrote:

      Maybe he can take some acting lessons so he can learn to come off as genuinely contrite.

      Just picture this: A-Rod with 19 months and no baseball to keep him busy. Think of all the attention/trouble/shame he can get himself into during that time.

    12. 77yankees
      August 4th, 2013 | 1:48 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Just picture this: A-Rod with 19 months and no baseball to keep him busy. Think of all the attention/trouble/shame he can get himself into during that time.

      I’m sure he has his peeps already out pitching a reality show to Ryan Seacrest.

    13. Evan3457
      August 4th, 2013 | 4:24 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      @ Evan3457:
      You think that they want anything to do with this sideshow 2 years from now?

      Doesn’t matter, a contract is a contract.

    14. Corey
      August 5th, 2013 | 5:33 pm

      Joseph Maloney wrote:

      I’ve been saying all year long AROD would never play another game in a Yankee uniform.

      Glad we listen to you :)

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