• Is A-Rod Out Of Baseball For Good?

    Posted by on January 14th, 2014 · Comments (6)

    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?

    Comments on Is A-Rod Out Of Baseball For Good?

    1. Mr. October
      January 14th, 2014 | 3:55 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      … 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?

      Can the Yankees have A-Rod work off the $61 million, or the remainder of his contract, by playing 3rd base for the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Rail Riders until 2017, at least?

    2. Kamieniecki
      January 14th, 2014 | 4:16 pm

      Anyone looking at Kei Igawa’s background with a brain could have figured out that he needed to be on something to be successful in the Major Leagues.

    3. #15
      January 14th, 2014 | 7:51 pm

      @ Kamieniecki:
      Kamieniecki shoots. Kamieniecki scores!

      I remember seeing Iggy pitch at a Spring training game in Bradenton right after he got to the US. Looked like a soft tosser. I remember thinking, “Maybe he’s just holding back and building arm strength.” Ahhh… No.

      I can see the Yankees and A-Rod working out a deal for $40-50 mil and him never having to show up in a ballpark again. i.e., a buy out that serves both sides with undisclosed terms. I suspect A-Rods suit will fail (I think he wants it to fail because it keeps him from going under oath in court) and then he will start looking for an exit strategy that suits him best. His driver… getting the home run title… is never going to happen and he knows it.

      If they release him and he signs with someone else, wouldn’t the Yankees still be on the hook for the performance bonuses?

    4. Kamieniecki
      January 14th, 2014 | 8:33 pm

      #15 wrote:

      I remember thinking, “Maybe he’s just holding back and building arm strength.” Ahhh… No.

      LOL.

      #15 wrote:

      If they release him and he signs with someone else, wouldn’t the Yankees still be on the hook for the performance bonuses?

      I can’t imagine the contract language would obligate the payment of performance bonuses for milestones such as 660 HRs reached while playing for other teams, unless Cashman drew up the contract…

    5. January 15th, 2014 | 3:46 pm

      If it was my team, I’d cut the guy. Enough with the constant distractions already. The free pass for 2009 expires this year.

    6. Mr. October
      January 21st, 2014 | 7:02 pm

      Alex Rodriguez should ‘be scared’ to return to baseball after suing Players Association: report

      According to a Yahoo! Sports report, players wanted the Yankee outcast to also be a union outcast, with 40 players on a conference call discussing the possibility of A-Rod’s expulsion from the Players Association.\

      http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/a-rod-scared-returns-mlb-players-article-1.1586843

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