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Alex Rodriguez has been invited to play for the Long Island Ducks

Jan 11, 2014, 6:10 PM EDT

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Alex Rodriguez may not be able to play with the Yankees during the regular season, but he may be able to play baseball nonetheless. The Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League, an independent league that is not associated with Major League Baseball, have invited Rodriguez to play for them this season.

Via Mark Herrman of Newsday:

“While some MLB suspensions have been honored by the Atlantic League in the past, if Alex Rodriguez were unable to participate in the Major Leagues this season, we would be open to exploring giving him a chance to play, stay sharp and compete against a high level of competition while helping the Ducks chase a third consecutive championship,” Michael Pfaff, the Ducks president and general manager, said Saturday in an email.

Players of Rodriguez’s caliber tend not to populate the rosters in the independent leagues. They are typically made up of players who couldn’t cut it in the Minor Leagues, older players who served no use to Major League teams even in the lower levels, and players attempting to make a comeback. Among those on the Ducks roster last season were Dontrelle Willis, Ian Snell, Bill Hall, and Josh Barfield. In the past, the Ducks have given uniforms to Jose Canseco, Jose Offerman (who ended up assaulting pitcher Matt Beech and catcher John Nathans with a bat in 2007), and John Rocker.

Rodriguez will turn 39 years old on July 27. Despite $64 million remaining on his contract between 2015-17, many believe that the 162-game suspension handed down to Rodriguez today by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz could end Rodriguez’s career as a Major Leaguer.

Update: As Keith Law points out on Twitter, the Uniform Player Contract would prevent Rodriguez from playing for the Ducks. Craig Calcaterra posted a link to the UPC about three years ago, which you can still see here. To quote from the contract:

5.(a) The Player agrees that, while under contract, and prior to expiration of the Club’s right to renew this contract, he will not play baseball otherwise than for the Club, except that the Player may participate in post-season games under the conditions prescribed in the Major League Rules. Major League Rule 18(b) is set forth herein.

  1. raysfan1 - Jan 11, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Hat tip to the commenter in a previous post who mentioned the Ducks as a possibility. (I’d mentioned Taiwan.) first, though, he has to make sure his contract with the Yankees would not be jeopardized by playing with them even though he’s suspended for the season.

  2. fanofevilempire - Jan 11, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    the Ducks it is.
    and that’s that.

  3. ikedavisnose - Jan 11, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    They would have to build new stands if he went there, they almost sell out every game as it is. I live 15 Minutes away I would go every game

  4. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 11, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    I wonder. If Alex were to go play for the Ducks, and then got hurt, and was unable to return or delayed his return after the suspension, would the Yankees then be able to use that to get out from under his contract? Or are they pretty much on the hook for the next few years regardless?

    • happytwinsfan - Jan 11, 2014 at 7:49 PM

      the Borg have hired the Sheliak Corporate to find just such a loop hole in Lor’s contract.

  5. sandrafluke2012 - Jan 11, 2014 at 7:47 PM


  6. cackalackyank - Jan 11, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Hmmm. I wonder if that paragraph in the Update is really enforceable while he is suspended from MLB. If he is not getting paid under the contract, I don’t see how it could be applied unless they drop off the notice of breach with his paycheck attached.

    • plmathfoto - Jan 11, 2014 at 10:14 PM

      It doesn’t matter, he doesn’t think rules apply to him! Welcome to the Ducks!

  7. mazblast - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    He can play for the Ducks–if he wears a centaur outfit as his uniform.

  8. Old Gator - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:23 PM


  9. sawxalicious - Jan 12, 2014 at 2:02 AM

    If I’m the Yankees, I would live for him to play for the Ducks. A-Rod can stay in playing shape, and given the apparent rules against him playing for a club other than the Yankees, I’m sure they and MLB would gladly waive that rule. As mentioned above, A-Rod could get hurt. If he wants to play, he’d likely have to sign some sort if agreement that protects the Yanks…win/win.

  10. yordo - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    The Ducks are going to be scary good if they keep collecting all of the juicy juicers.

  11. charbycharlie - Jan 12, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    If they can’t play baseball with any other teams “except for in the playoffs” as outlined, then how are they able to play in the World Baseball Classic?

  12. dinofrank60 - Jan 12, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Hey, Bud!

    Can Alex play with us in our neighborhood games? We need a third baseman, since Arvin is spending the summer in Europe!!! Since Alex isn’t doing anything else, we thought it would be cool!

    – the kids on ARod’s block

  13. madhatternalice - Jan 12, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Could he pull a Manny? Retire from MLB and then sign elsewhere?

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