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People continue to assume A-Rod is going to simply walk away from $114 million

Jan 31, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

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More for the “Oh, won’t that nasty old A-Rod just go away, please” file. This from the Daily News. Let’s do this in call and response form:

Alex Rodriguez is unlikely to ever wear the pinstripes again, sources familiar with the Yankees’ situation with their troubled third baseman told the Daily News …

Unless someone from the Yankees says “we’re going to release A-Rod” there is no support for this whatsoever.

“I don’t know why he would want to go through the pain of rehabbing and trying to play up to the caliber of player he was, and come back to a game where nobody wants him,” said a baseball official.

I can think of 114 million reasons. Plus the fact that his entire identity is tied up in being a professional athlete and most professional athletes don’t make sober assessments about when their careers are over. They have their careers forcibly taken from them, often hanging on too long and requiring that teams release them.

Even before the latest steroid allegations surfaced, Yankee officials had already privately begun preparing for the likelihood that Rodriguez would never finish out the mega-deal he signed in 2007.

Yet publicly they all said that his rehab would be six months and that, while it could be longer, it was unlikely. And his doctor said that his hip was less damaged than anticipated. Indeed, no one said A-Rod was finished in New York until about ten minutes after the Miami New Times story broke the other day.

Meanwhile, the Rodriguez scenarios include: (1) A-Rod being forced to retire because of the injury, enabling the Yankees to collect 85% of the insurance on the contract, which would leave him with a paid-up deal that comes off the Yankee books and subsequently lessens their luxury-tax burden.

See yesterday’s commentary about the likelihood of the Yankees being able to collect on an insurance claim for A-Rod.  In any event, even if his hip ended his ability to play baseball — which no one other than columnists have suggested — he would not retire. He’d sit on the DL for five years, just like Albert Belle did, collecting his money. Also: an insurance scenario would not give the Yankees luxury tax relief.

(2) Rodriguez completes the rehab but continues to play in a diminished role, is unhappy with his level of play and decides to voluntarily retire. In that case, the Yankees would engage him in settlement talks.

Again, there is zero incentive for A-Rod to voluntarily retire. If the Yankees don’t want him, they can cut him and he can go play elsewhere while still collecting all the money he’s owed. If no other team signs him, he gets $114 million from the Yankees for sitting on the beach and doing nothing.  There is no reason in the world why he should or would engage the Yankees in “settlement talks.” Unless the writers of this column can come up with one, their suggestion is nonsense.

If Rodriguez is found to have been involved, he could face a 50-game suspension by MLB, or worse: If he was not truthful when baseball officials interviewed him several times over the past years about his involvement with steroids and human growth hormone, commissioner Bud Selig would have the power under the collectively bargained drug agreement to increase the suspension.

The commissioner’s power comes from a paragraph in the joint drug agreement that says anything not covered under the listed penalties can be covered by the discretion of the commissioner.

I have read the Joint Drug Agreement up and down, backwards and forwards, and I cannot find a clause that says this.  If I missed it, someone point it out to me.  If there is something in there to this effect, someone is going to have to tell me how A-Rod’s alleged acts — taking banned PEDs — is “not covered under the listed penalties.”  Like I said earlier today, A-Rod is a player like any other. Just because he makes a lot of money and is hated does not make him eligible for greater discipline than anyone else.

All of this is wishcasting by Yankees sources. Or, more likely, Yankees sources attempting to communicate to A-Rod through the media, telling him that he is unwelcome and hoping he decides to do the highly irrational thing of walking away from $114 million.

Unless and until someone from the Yankees, anonymously or otherwise, suggests that they are going to simply release A-Rod outright, there is every reason to think that he will play for them again.  He will do his rehab and get himself in a position to play if he is able, if for no other reason, than to force the Yankees to play him or release him.  In no event does it make any sense whatsoever for him to retire or to enter into negotiations with the Yankees for a buyout.

We get it, Yankees. You don’t want to pay A-Rod the silly contract you gave him.  But no matter how much you beef about it now, you’re gonna end up paying the guy.

  1. manute - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    I’m not sure where you stand on this issue. Please clarify your position with several more posts. Thx.

    • manifunk - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      Can’t blame Craig for all these posts, he’s merely reacting to and trying to contain a BS narrative being spun by idiot New York journalists (redundant?)

      • Old Gator - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:36 PM

        What’s BS about it? We’re talking about a bunch of deeply spiritual, clear-sighted Nyorcan spawrtsrighters who understand that there is more to life than just money. There’s dignity. Integrity. Generosity of spirit. They understand that A-roid possesses all of these qualities, and that he will see through the delusion that one hundred and fourteen million dollars can bring him happiness – and walk away, and go get an honest job.

        I, for one, commend the Nyorcan spawetsrighters for weeweeing on the flawd, mimetic-desire-driven logic of late capitalism and pointing A-roid in the direction of redemption. Bravo, say I!

      • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:08 PM

        Perhaps Craig could start replying in the comment section of those articles rather than running here to dissect other peoples opinions about the same subject in 5-6 separate blogs. In all honesty if he’s going to abuse every idiots opinion on the web about A-Rod we’re going to be here all day and I got other things to b1tch about.

      • chadjones27 - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:46 PM

        mrchain… This blog piece is about his disagreements with people who are paid to publish what they write, either on a local or national level. These aren’t the idiotic ramblings of faceless commenters on a blog sight. These are the idiotic ramblings of, as Gator calls ‘em, spawrtsrighters.

    • kirkvanhouten - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      Yeah, it’s pretty silly for a sports aggregation and commentary site to aggregate and comment on the sporting news right now.

      I mean, come on Craig! 10 posts about the biggest scandal to hit baseball in years and only 1 story about Chase Headley’s deal to avoid arbitration? *Ridiculous*

    • historiophiliac - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      Just because it’s there doesn’t mean you have to read it. There are plenty of posts on here I elect not to read after seeing the headline. You can do that, if you aren’t interested anymore.

    • Shafer's Dealer - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE FIRST ATH!!!

      • cur68 - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        That’s pretty much everyone besides the trolls. + thumb for you. Now you have 2 of them.

    • Caught Looking - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      So let’s now move on to Alex’s HOF debate.

      • 18thstreet - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        SPOILER ALERT: Player B is Alex Rodriguez.

    • yankeepunk3000 - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      seriously, lol why all the thumbs down? Craigs been on this more times then I have ever seen someone cover. Its intoxicating

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      this whole PED issue is boring, and the worst part is the fan actually is the only
      one that will lose, the players, owners will just make more money.

  2. chacochicken - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Are the Yanks going to make things difficult for Arod like Playnow did for George when they found out he wasn’t disabled? Change the locks, block his parking spot, send a Gillooly to whack him on the elbow?

    • badintent - Feb 2, 2013 at 1:06 AM

      Elementary , Mr.Watson. The Yankees will have a birthday party for ARodless and invite Ray Lewis for special entertainment. Mr Lewis will ask for a volunteer for a knife throw at an apple on a head. ARodless will put said apple on head and Mr. Lewis will of course hear God tell him to sneeze at the follow through of the throw.

  3. albertmn - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    I could possibly see a situation where he might consider the settlement, so that he doesn’t have to jump through the hoops of rehabbing and showing up. But, even in that unlikely case, I would guess he would still want 90% or more in order to walk away and not be a bother any longer. In that unlikely case, it would could still save the NYY some money, and it might be worth it to ARod to take slightly less and to just be able to live his life and not mess with this anymore. But, it isn’t like he would accept a 50% buyout or anything. That would be worth his time to show up and “rehab”, even if it was bad enough to never play again.

    • ezthinking - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      Buyouts never change the dollar figure, just the length of the payout. The Players’ Union won’t allow it. Check out Todd Helton’s revised contract of Jason Bay as to recent examples. The final payout is less because of inflation and the time-value of money.

      • jwbiii - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:38 PM

        Unless it is set up like an interest bearing annuity, like Bobby Bonilla’s was.

  4. Joe - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    This horse doesn’t stand a chance.

  5. Ben - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Cue someone showing up and saying, “Get a life Craig! Let it go!!!”

    I say, respond to every idiocy that another writer puts out there. Stupidity and ignorance should be fought in all of their forms. And articles such as the one Craig is responding to here do one thing: they sanction stupidity and ignorance.

    These things cannot happen. They will not happen. And, as Craig points out, they are not more likely or even possible because we (a vague we to be sure) super duper dislike ARod or really would like not to see him get paid r whatever.

    Contracts do not cover issues such as this one only in case they don’t come up. they cover issues such as this one (PED use) precisely so when they come up we know how they may and may not be dealt with. The rules exist to cover the difficult situations, not just the easy ones. This is a difficult situation. Or, better, it’s an easy situation (it’s already covered by the contracts, the CBA, the JDA, and the relevant case and statutory law), that people insist (through implication) is somehow special and not therefore subject to the rules as they have been constructed and otherwise sanctioned.

    Keep going Craig!

    • cur68 - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      yep

    • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      Responses are for the comment section of the article itself is it not, and more effective in displaying the writers failures to his own readers?

  6. Adrastus Perkins - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Couldn’t agree more. Until Tuesday morning, this option didn’t exist.

    But now it’s a foregone conclusion?

  7. kirkvanhouten - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Come on, there is no coming back from this and well all know it. Remember when Juan Marichal beat John Rosboro with a baseball bat and retired in shame? I mean, I know that was like 50 times worse and all, but…

    oh wait…he didn’t retire? He played for 10 more years and went to the Hall of Fame?

    Well…nevermind then.

  8. chill1184 - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    This is probably the most interesting story of this years MLB offseason

  9. stex52 - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Last year, playing on a bad hip, A-Rod had OPS/OPS+ of .783/112. His WAR (BRef) was 2.0. That is an above average 3rd baseman, and he was playing injured. Granted that the days of 1.0+ OPS and 7.0 WAR are over, he is still above average in his position and his salary is a sunk cost.

    Granted also that the PR right now is a nightmare, but if the Yankees and the local press would cool down about 20 degrees, that could even be manageable. Unless the Yankees have a really fantastic prospect in the wings (I don’t know) I have to believe they are going to patch this up and go with him. It just makes sense.

    • Joe - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      The Yankees have Youk in the wings. And somehow, among Yankee fans, he’s the most popular third baseman on their roster. That is the power of ARod.

      • stex52 - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        Good point, Joe. I hadn’t thought about Youk being in the fold. But I would have to say I think, even with the greater age and hip issue, A-Rod has more upside.

      • fredverd - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        …and everybody in NY gets a nickname… There’s A-Rod, Mo, and Jeet — and now, “K-Y”?

      • yankeepunk3000 - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:08 PM

        I don’t know about other Yankee fans but I’m a big Youk fan. He loves to play the game he has a lot of passion and hates to strike out. He can play first and 3rd with a gold glove ability. I am not a Redsox hater except for 04 (dear god nightmares still) so to me I like the signing, more now then when it happend. If he can stay healthy we will be fine.

  10. fanz928 - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    He going to be in new York for a long time

  11. randygnyc - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Chilli- you’re correct. What is astonishing is that we only know half the story. Apparently there are other baseball players which as of now remain unnamed. I think there are other athletes in different sports involved too. My gut feeling here is that Bosch is trying to leverage this info into reduced penalties. Local authorities are now being usurped by the FEDS. Hold on to your skivvies.

  12. Chris Fiorentino - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Thanks for posting the link to the JDA and I agree that there isn’t much in there reading that Selig can do whatever he wants to A-Rod. However, something paper was talking about on a post earlier was the suspension to Singleton and putting him on the 40-man roster to avoid the suspension…looks like this section addresses that and it isn’t allowed. He’s serving the 50 games whether the Astros put him on the 40-man or not.

    J. Completion of Minor League Discipline
    A Player suspended under Major League Baseball’s Minor League Drug
    Prevention and Treatment Program (the “Minor League Program”) who is selected to or
    otherwise placed on a 40-man roster before such suspension is complete shall be
    suspended at the Major League level for the lesser of: (a) the remainder of the suspension
    imposed under the Minor League Program or (b) the difference between the maximum
    penalty that could have been imposed under this Program (had each of the Player’s
    violations occurred while he was on a 40-man roster) and the number of games already
    served by the Player at the Minor League level. A Player who tests positive under the
    Minor League Program, or who has otherwise violated the Minor League Program, and
    who is not notified of that positive test result or of the violation until after his promotion
    to a 40-man roster shall be treated as if the Player tested positive under or violated this
    Program. Notwithstanding the preceding sentence, in any such challenge to a positive
    test result or violation that occurred under the Minor League Program, the terms of the
    Minor League Program (including, but not limited to, its Collection Procedures and
    Testing Protocols) shall govern, except with respect to the level of discipline imposed and the
    Player’s appeal rights, which shall be governed by Sections 5, 6, 7 and 8 of this
    Program. Except as provided in this Section 7.J, a violation of the Minor League
    Program shall not be considered as a violation of this Program for any purpose under this
    Section 7.

    • stex52 - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      Thanks for looking up, Chris. That makes sense.

  13. johnchesterny - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    “there is zero incentive for A-Rod to voluntarily retire.”

    How about NOT spending the next 5-years as the biggest pariah in sports history? How do you think this guy is gonna to handle the contstant abuse that he will most certainly encounter? This abuse will be exponentially greater than he’s seen or heard before. His team doesn’t want him. His hometown fans don’t want him. Everyone associated with the Yankees just wants him to go away! And he won’t have any problems with that for the next 5 years?

    The Yankees and Rodriguez will work out SOME KIND of settlement that will benfit BOTH. Obviously the Yankees stand to lose upwards of 100M but having this guy, a shell of his former self, just lavishing on the bench (see ’12 playoffs) doens’t benefit ANYONE!

    Alex Rodriguez has MOST DEFINATELY played his last game in Yankee pinstripes.

    • stex52 - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      I agree they have a situation to resolve. But what makes you think he will sit on the bench. His numbers weren’t bad last year, and he was playing hurt. The Yankees are likely to need his bat.

      • johnchesterny - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        “His numbers weren’t bad last year.”

        It now appears those numbers may have been somewhat…how should I put this…..artificial?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      How about NOT spending the next 5-years as the biggest pariah in sports history? How do you think this guy is gonna to handle the contstant abuse that he will most certainly encounter? This abuse will be exponentially greater than he’s seen or heard before. His team doesn’t want him. His hometown fans don’t want him. Everyone associated with the Yankees just wants him to go away! And he won’t have any problems with that for the next 5 years?

      Again, what makes you think this is any different than how he’s been treated since he came to NY? How many articles do I have to post that show, even during his MVP seasons with the Yanks, that the media hated him and many fans hated him already?

      Also, let’s not forget that it’s entirely possible he’s innocent in all of this, as the smoking gun appears to be handwritten documents with incorrect dates on them…

      • cur68 - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:15 PM

        How is anyone running with a conviction based on this “evidence”? I’m not a journalist, much less an investigative one, but this “evidence” seems pretty flimsy to me. Should Alex Rodriguez be cleared of any wrong doing, will all the people calling for his head print retractions? They damn well better because he’s got a HELL of a defamation case against some of these assholes. If his lawyers aren’t thinking of making hay out of the crew urging him to perpetrate insurance fraud, then the Litigious State of America that I know from the Land of the Frozen Chosen has changed A LOT.

      • johnchesterny - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        “Again, what makes you think this is any different than how he’s been treated since he came to NY?”

        He was for the most part tolerated because he was an MVP caliber player. NO MORE! They will need to increase security at the gate and in the stands around 3rd base if any of this IS corroborated. It is unfortunate and I don’t condone it, but this is the world we live in now.

        As for the possibility of innocence? I think it is more likely that he is NOT innocent. I have no basis for this other than my gut. Go ahead you may jump ugly on me for that last sentence but I no longer give this guy the benefit of the doubt, nor do I have to in this kind of forum. But ever since his mea culpa in ’09 I chose to not beleive a thing this guy says. Because if anyone thinks this guy only did PEDs from ’01 thru ’03 they are naive.

      • cur68 - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        Have your gut checked for harmful bacteria, John. Its telling you to smear and victimize a fellow human being on pretty thin evidence. If it was you being dragged through the mud like this, what would your gut be saying then?

        How is it people can get on here and scream (well, e-scream: the all caps kind of e-screaming) about the “sanctity of sports”, the “meaningful traditions of The Hall Of Fame”, arbitrary “First Ballot” rules and “Its For The Children” but they are all fine with screwing over a person based on the handwritten notes of a drug dealer? Precisely what are we teaching “The Children”? Screw over someone just “because”? Witch hunts are “Ok, because we don’t like this guy”?

        There will be investigations. Both federal and MLB. Until this evidence is authenticated, and there is more evidence or a confession, Alex Rodriguez deserves the benefit of the doubt just like anyone.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:53 PM

        He was for the most part tolerated because he was an MVP caliber player

        Really, he was tolerated? When’s the last time any other media of a team wrote an article stating that even though said player was the MVP, that he wouldn’t be worth keeping? And that’s just the media! I grew up in CT, went to college in the Bronx and have plenty of family members, both mine and my wife’s side, that live in NY/Long Island. Trust me, people weren’t giving him the benefit of the doubt/tolerating him.

        NO MORE! They will need to increase security at the gate and in the stands around 3rd base if any of this IS corroborated

        Hyperbole is the greatest thing ever!

      • johnchesterny - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        “Trust me, people weren’t giving him the benefit of the doubt/tolerating him.”

        Church, I was born and raised in Brooklyn. New Yorkers forgive (or in this case, tolerate) if you perform. (Not that I agree with that philosophy. I beleive forgiveness starts with contrition.) I’ve seen it with how Knick fans treated Latrell Spreewell when they were making a run in the late 90′s. And its NOT just NY fans. Look at the love the fans showed Bonds while he was chasing Aaron. The big difference is that Bonds was still a force. A-Rod is, IMHO, done. His own GM said he will likely miss the entire season. Which means if he decides to come back at all he will be 38/39 with a degenerative hip, etc. If he comes back, he won’t be the force he once was. Not even close. He will be persona non grata. If you thought he was treated like crap before, wait until the first time he strikes out in a big spot when (if) he returns. That’s why I beleive we’ve seen the last of A-Rod in pinstripes. There will be a mutual parting of the ways. Neither side will need the poison atmosphere. Whether or not these allegations are true or not. It will be more about performance, or lack thereof. These allegations will just add fuel to the fire.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:05 PM

        New Yorkers forgive (or in this case, tolerate) if you perform.,

        Seriously, since when? The guy came over in ’04, and in his first he put up OPS+ of 131, 173 (MVP), 134, and 176 (MVP). The last one, in ’07, people like Mike Lupica were still writing columns talking about how he “wasn’t a true Yankee” and “if he didn’t perform in the playoffs, they should let him go” and “the Yanks would be a better team with Scott Brosius than Alex Rodriguez”. Where’s the tolerance? Where’s the acceptance? Arod has taken almost all the blame for the playoff loses every year even though many people had similar if not worse production including St. Jeter.

        His own GM said he will likely miss the entire season

        No, he didn’t. Cashman said it was a possibility.
        This isn’t all that surprising, but during a recent radio interview Brian Cashman said it’s possible Alex Rodriguez won’t play at all this coming season due to his left hip surgery. “Yeah, I think because (of) the serious nature of the surgery and the condition that he’s trying to recover from, you know, there is that chance,” said the GM.

        A-Rod is, IMHO, done

        Have you looked at what he did last year? This isn’t the height of the steroid era when no names were putting up 30-35 HR. Depending on your metric of choice, he was either 12% better than average against the league (OPS+) or 14% (wRC+). The latter was just behind Jeter at 116.

      • johnchesterny - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:09 PM

        “Its telling you to smear and victimize a fellow human being on pretty thin evidence.”

        cur68, I have not smeared and I have not vicimized ANYONE. Nor did I make any reference to the HoF or anyone’s “Children”. I am commenting on a report. I am just one juror in this court of public opinion. And THAT’s what this is. Nothing more. We all make judgements here. I don’t owe Alex Rodriguez ANYTHING! Much less the benefit of the doubt.

        So spare me this Land of the Free and Home of the Brave crap!

      • johnchesterny - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:54 PM

        Church, they not only tolerated, but they REJOICED in him…

        http://www.nydailynewspix.com/sales/largeview.php?name=8he01dzx.jpg&id=149838&lbx=4_396965&return_page=searchResults.php&page=2

        And that was from New York’s Hometown Paper.

        As for whether or not I saw him play last year. The answer is yes. I saw the ’12 playoffs. And I have to wonder how successful this surgery was. He is not going to be a 28 year old recovering from hip surgery. He is going to be a 38 year old (at least) recovering from hip surgery. And he will miss at least 3 months of baseball action. (Not counting the off-season) But I still have to defer to Cashman. Although I grant you he did not say “likely”. I would expect more of a vote of confidence from the GM. We are talking about a potential trade chip here, aren’t we?

    • zzalapski - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      Hey, one of the unnamed sources from the Daily News article found his/her way here!

    • kirkvanhouten - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      “How about NOT spending the next 5-years as the biggest pariah in sports history? How do you think this guy is gonna to handle the contstant abuse that he will most certainly encounter?”

      Come on, in sports history? First off, Barry Bonds only retired a few years ago. John Rocker played four years after doing his best to personally insult all 8 million people in New York, Terrel Owens still plays…and for God’s sake, Mike Tyson raped somebody and bit off a someone’s person’s ear and still boxed.

      He will be *hated* for like 3 months, then everyone will just go back to incessantly bitching about him for not living up to a contract the Yankees should have been smart enough not to offer and being moderately annoyed.

    • natslady - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      “lavishing on the bench”?? Now, that’s an image for ya.

      • natslady - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        http://lavishingsoapandbath.com/

    • chadjones27 - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      “How do you think this guy is gonna to handle the contstant abuse that he will most certainly encounter?”

      On top of a pile of money with many beautiful ladies.

    • indaburg - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      The biggest pariah in sports history? Nah, not even close. He may become the biggest pariah in Yankee history perhaps, but you forget that there are many people who don’t like the Yankees and would love the see them stuck with a $114 million bill.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:12 PM

        It’s so much fun, isn’t it! :)

      • indaburg - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:40 PM

        Now, now. I didn’t say I was one of those people.

        Aw, who am I kidding? I would laugh my Dominican ass off. Suck it, suckaz! :-)

      • historiophiliac - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:54 PM

        Yeeeeaaaaah, sister!

    • raysfan1 - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      Yes, of course you’re right…the Yankees and Rodriguez are negotiating a buy out to his contract, and I’ve received a copy of the transcript from today’s meeting:
      NYY- we need to buy out your contract, A-Rod.
      A- okay, you owe me $114,000,000
      NYY- come now, A-Rod, that’s what we owe over the next 5 years. What will it take to settle this thing now, in a lump sum?
      A- $114,000,000
      NYY- be reasonable, don’t you realize you’ll be treated like a pariah, booed constantly, and continuously bashed by the media?
      A- you mean that doesn’t happen already? Hell, I’ve read where the fans merely tolerated me during my MVP year.
      NYY- look, it’s gotta be worth something to you to not have to put up with all that crap, and to be able to finish your career somewhere fresh. What’s your bottom line.
      A- pretty sure NBC and ESPN are everywhere, so if I’m such a pariah here, I will be anywhere else. The circus will just follow me. My bottom line is $114,000,000.
      NYY- but…
      A- $114,000,000
      NYY- damn…
      A- $114,000,000. See you in June.
      NYY- okay

      • johnchesterny - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:32 PM

        Flash forward to June ’13…

        NYY – Alex, your playing left and batting 8th.
        A – Uh, but I’m the 3rd baseman.
        NYY – No you’re not. Jeter is. He decided to move there for the good of the team.
        A – Yeah, but. Perhaps a corner outfiled spot may not be a good idea. I mean I may have to go near the stands to get a foul ball. Those aren’t the suit and tie guys out there and I’m a little further away from the dugout.
        NYY – You’re getting paid $114M. You play where we tell you to. Or you could retire.

        Flash forward 5 years later….

        A Craig Post: “Anyone who doesn’t think A-Rod is a first ballot HoF’er is Insane!”

      • raysfan1 - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:45 PM

        I’ll certainly buy the first part as a possibility. It’s essentially a variant of what they told Alfonso Soriano when they moved him to the OF.

        As for the 5 years later part (when Rodriguez finally does retire)…
        I will refer to this year’s HOF articles. Craig stated clearly he would have voted for both Bonds and Clemens but that he understood not voting for players against whom there is actual evidence of PED use. What he called crazy was writers voting against Bagwell and Piazza based on nothing more substantive than innuendo. Then, when this story first broke, he posted that Rodriguez if truly found to have used PEDs in 2009-2012 would deserve less sympathy than Bonds or Clemens. Thus, no,that won’t be what he posts 5 years from now, presuming the full investigation confirms the allegations in the Miami New Times.

  14. mazblast - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Take down the mirrors in the clubhouse. He’ll go so crazy that he’ll retire.

  15. digbysellers - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Enough with the A-Rod stories please, please, please!

  16. gerryb323 - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    I’m guessing they are looking at Section 7(G)(2), which is silly because that section basically says that the commissioner can discipline a player for “just cause” for any violation of section 2 that is not addressed in sections 7(A)-7(F).

    Section 2 says that a player is prohibited from using, possessing, selling, facilitating the sale of, distributing, or facilitating the distribution of all the bad drugs.

    Sections 7(A) [the PED section], provides penalties for testing positive or otherwise violating the program through use or possession.

    Therefore, I read 7(G)(2) as a way for the commissioner to dole out a stiffer punishment if the player is selling, facilitating the sale of, distributing, or facilitating the distribution of the drugs, as those are not specifically addressed in 7(A).

    Just a thought, and yes, those other people are still wrong.

    • gerryb323 - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      Of course, I skipped 7(F), which provides those stiffer penalties for selling/distributing, so now I don’t know what 7(G)(2) would be for at all.

    • gerryb323 - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      The only things I can find whose discipline isn’t covered in section 7 is the harder drugs of abuse. So if a player tests positive for cocaine, LSD, etc then Bud can discipline them how he sees fit. Why can’t these things just be clear?!

    • gerryb323 - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      It certainly does NOT say that “anything not covered under the listed penalties can be covered by the discretion of the commissioner”.

      And that’s the last response to my own post I’m making!

  17. yankeepunk3000 - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    damn Craig you have gone all out to tell us yankees that this guy is ours to stay…why can’t we just dream! why hurt us like this you monster! Anyways we don’t really care I’m sure in all honesty he won’t finish his contract with us. He might walk away or traded or released but he won’t play the 6 years left with us. The yanks might pay him the full amount but he won’t be on the field that I can bet everything

  18. echech88 - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Buy him out for like $85M. Gives him a clean break where he doesn’t have to force himself into a situation nobody wants just for the paychecks and it gives them more relief than they’d get otherwise.

  19. deep64blue - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    I do see one viable way ARod doesn’t play for the Yankees, they eat most of his money and trade him away for nothing (or virtually nothing), he’d be an upgrade over Michael Young for a start! Bound to be a team that will take him for $5m a year or so.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      The guy is still an above average 3B while he’s on the field. So if the Yanks were to eat 85-90% of the contract and offer him up as a trade, I’m sure there will be at least a couple of teams who will take him on.

    • wonkypenguin - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      I was just going to say this – he’d be an upgrade for the Cubs at the very least and when have they ever run away from a pariah?

  20. dwdive - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    There is ZERO chance he walks away from 114mil. Absolutely no shot. He will do everything he can to get every penny of that money.

  21. sm407240 - Jan 31, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Just for fun, lets imagine a scenario where A-Rod has to practice with the team every day, has to show up at the park and has to sit in the dugout for 200 days a year without ever seeing the field during actual play in any way. He will walk away. The Wankees just have to make the decision that he isnt playing and stick with it for a relatively short period of time.

    • raysfan1 - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:51 PM

      Do you truly believe A-Rod values his pride more than $114,000,000? I sure don’t. He’d make a trade demand, nobody would take him unless they Yankees ate >85% of his salary, and he would just be an astronomically expensive bench warmer. Regardless, it won’t happen because, when healthy he improves his team’s chances of winning and that in the end is all the team cares about.

  22. mrznyc - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Gee, he wasn’t all that bad last year – A little above average – He was juiced to get “a little above average.” Coming back after rehab with no juice – What do you figure youv’e got there at 3rd base? New York Sports and the “Curse of the Idiot son.”

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