Via Jay Jaffe -
Despite having three years and $61 million remaining on his contract, Rodriguez may never play in the majors again. Assuming he’s unable to get his suspension overturned in federal court, he’ll head into 2015 as a 39-year-old who has played 44 games over the previous two seasons, and who has spent far more time at the center of an unseemly circus than on the field. The Yankees may well release him and eat the remaining money, in part because that will greatly decrease the likelihood that he will reach 660 home runs (he’s at 654), thereby triggering the first of several $6 million milestone bonuses. Perhaps some other team will pick him up and be on the hook for only the minimum salary, but between the precedent of the embattled Bonds not getting a nibble in 2008 while coming off a .276/.480/.565 line and the ongoing media attention that will inevitably surround Rodriguez, it’s difficult to imagine a team desperate enough to take a chance.
Has a team ever eaten as much as $61 million on a contract before? Granted, I get it – it’s like burning $61 million to save another $12 million when A-Rod would reach 660 and 714 homers. (I doubt that he can reach 755+ now. So, the rest of those bonuses are moot.)
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t feel bad for the Yankees. Anyone looking at his 2007 season with a brain could have figured out that he was on something. And, the Yankees turned a blind eye towards it. So, they get what they deserve here.
But, still…sixty million?
Then again, Brian Cashman wasted $46 million on Kei Igawa. And, they basically ate that – and no one in the front office was held to the fire for it. So, what’s another fourteen mill?