• Camp A-Rod To “Release All Of The Evidence” Today

    Posted by on November 22nd, 2013 · Comments (15)

    The story.

    What are the odds that A-Rod and/or his lawyers will be on WFAN between the hours of 1 PM and 6 PM today?

    Comments on Camp A-Rod To “Release All Of The Evidence” Today

    1. November 22nd, 2013 | 6:53 pm

      Is it just me, or, is there only about 6 hours left to Friday and still nothing from the A-Rod camp…

      …hmmmm

      then again, maybe you really need to let bullshit sit for a bit before it is served?

    2. Corey
      November 22nd, 2013 | 8:24 pm

      @ Steve L.:
      It’s just you. At the time you posted the comment there was 5 hours and 7 minutes left to Friday.

      :)

    3. McMillan
      November 22nd, 2013 | 9:52 pm

      Francesa devoted his program to coverage of the 50th Anniversary of the J.F.K. assasination all afternoon today; perhaps we’ll have the pleasure of hearing from the A-Rod camp next week…

    4. redbug
      December 2nd, 2013 | 12:10 pm

      Speaking of “release”, this is from Lohud:

      ” Did you catch the Buster Olney report this weekend, the one in which Olney speculates that the Yankees will ultimately release Alex Rodriguez no matter what happens with the suspension? People have brought up that idea for a while, and I’ve always thought it was nonsense. At the end of the day, the guy is owed a ton of money and could be a reasonably productive player. But the longer this thing drags out — the more lawsuits are filed and radio interviews are conducted — the more it starts to feel like a real possibility that the situation could reach that sort of breaking point. It would still be stunning to see it actually happen, but no act seems too crazy for this circus.”

    5. Greg H.
      December 2nd, 2013 | 12:30 pm

      @ redbug:
      Interesting. Only read the first bit because I’m not a subscriber. I can see where there’s an opportunity cost to keeping him though. They’d be betting his production drops more, he misses more games, the circus continues, etc. All pretty safe bets.

      If they release him, the salary still count towards luxury tax, correct?

    6. December 2nd, 2013 | 1:13 pm

      Yup. He gets paid and the salary counts towards their payroll.

    7. MJ Recanati
      December 2nd, 2013 | 2:30 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Yup. He gets paid and the salary counts towards their payroll.

      Which is why cutting him really doesn’t make sense (and why Rodriguez will never have to accept a buyout for anything less than 100% of the remaining value of his contract).

    8. December 2nd, 2013 | 2:35 pm

      Cutting him would be VERY costly. But, can you see him reporting to Spring Training and playing with this team in 2014, after all that’s now been done and said? “Awkward” is an understatement.

      I cannot remember a situation in any pro-team-sport where someone has gone through all the legal stunt stuff that A-Rod has been through since this broke – and there’s more to come! – and then went on to play, by forcing his team to allow him to play.

      Maybe it’s sort of like Curt Flood playing for the Senators in 1971? But, not really like that…this is different.

    9. MJ Recanati
      December 2nd, 2013 | 4:37 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Cutting him would be VERY costly. But, can you see him reporting to Spring Training and playing with this team in 2014, after all that’s now been done and said? “Awkward” is an understatement.

      I agree wholeheartedly that Rodriguez’s presence on the ballclub would be awkward since he’d be provisionally under the care of a team doctor he’s suing. I also agree that the Yankees — for non-baseball and non-financial reasons — would be better off without Rodriguez because of the non-stop scrutiny his presence invites.

      I’m not saying it can’t or won’t happen, I’m just saying it would be a terrible baseball and financial decision to write off $86M when ownership is also trying to impose a hard spending cap on the team.

    10. December 2nd, 2013 | 4:41 pm

      So, what’s the solution? Eat the money – which would be the same as eating a truck load of dung? Or, live with the beast under your roof, like a couple that needs to be divorced but can’t pull the trigger?

      Is there an option C? Other than settlement, which isn’t going to happen, it would be to eat some of the money and do a trade. But, no team is going to take him. And, if someone would, Bud is not going to allow him to get a landing spot. He will nix it behind the scenes.

      IMHO, it really comes down to eating the money or living with him. I cannot think of another option.

    11. December 2nd, 2013 | 4:43 pm

      Of course, you could pay him, have him on the team, and NEVER play him. That would eat up a roster spot and create more of a circus. But, it MAY eventually get him to agree to a settlement in exchange for a release to see if another team would pick him up.

      Maybe someone would? Shoot, Manny got a few more chances.

    12. MJ Recanati
      December 2nd, 2013 | 4:47 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      But, it MAY eventually get him to agree to a settlement in exchange for a release to see if another team would pick him up.

      But why would he agree to a negotiated settlement for less than 100%? The shame of being the 25th man on the team wouldn’t logically force him to take less than what he’s entitled to.

      Unless Rodriguez decides he’s willing to take less, the Yankees are going to have to pay him every penny he’s owed. He’s got all the leverage.

    13. MJ Recanati
      December 2nd, 2013 | 4:49 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Bud is not going to allow him to get a landing spot. He will nix it behind the scenes.

      Speaks to Selig’s corrupt fiefdom, as Mark Cuban said a few weeks ago.

    14. PHMDen
      December 2nd, 2013 | 10:46 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      I agree wholeheartedly that Rodriguez’s presence on the ballclub would be awkward since he’d be provisionally under the care of a team doctor he’s suing.

      I don’t think anyone cares that someone is suing the team doctor; I think the public comments Rodriguez has made about the organization as a whole might be a bigger issue.

    15. McMillan
      December 2nd, 2013 | 11:58 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Is there an option C?

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      [Rodriguez has] got all the leverage.

      Cashman and his lawyers could try to induce one of Rodriguez’s relatives to cooperate in having Alex Rodriguez committed or institutionalized…

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