A-Rod is coming off a second hip surgery that might have him out at least until the All-Star break and possibly missing the entire 2013 season. He is owed $114M over the final five years of his gargantuan contract. His performance has shown a marked decline over the last couple of years and he is, at best, an above average third baseman not one worthy of the contract he currently collects. A player of his salary should never be benched in lieu of a pitching match up, especially in the playoffs. That is a telling sign for the former superstar.
Would A-Rod consider retirement? It would seem logical, given the new scandal and surgery, that this is a viable option. The problem is that players of his caliber, track record and ego are usually forced out the door when trying to hang on instead of walking into that good night. Economically, regardless of how much money A-Rod has, it would be hard for anyone to walk away from $114M. It would appear the onus would fall on the Bronx Bombers.
The Yankees have a vested interest in terminating this contract. As previously mentioned, he is owed $114M and that is a king’s ransom for a player that does not put up the numbers especially in the playoffs where Yankee greats are made. Sure he helped carry them in 2009 but NY fans and ownership have short memories and he has been nothing short of putrid in the playoffs since the World Series run. Below is one example, taken from the 2012 playoffs, of what an average $27M per year contract buys you.
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There is the insurance route but that is hard to prove. The Yankees have insurance on A-Rod but to get the money back they have to prove he is not fit to play. It is not a matter of how well he plays but rather whether or not he can play. Considering the fact that any doctor the Yankees provide would most likely be countered by insurance company doctors that say the opposite this path will lead to nowhere.
There are other unlikely options available to the organization. They could attempt to void his contract for numerous reasons. The Yankees could wait and see if MLB hands down a suspension against A-Rod for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. If so they could claim he misrepresented himself and broke the law (both MLB and Federal) in using the banned substances. Another stretch might be that since A-Rod did not use NY Yankee approved doctors or receive organizational consent prior to seeking treatment from outside doctors that he violated the contract.
Any action to void his contract will be met with three distinct hurdles (not to mention others). First, there is no precedent set in MLB history to void a contract for positive confirmation of PED use. Secondly, the Yankees would be going up against one of the strongest unions in the country in the MLB Players Association who would lobby for A-Rod (not necessarily for A-Rod but for the rest of its representative members). Finally, like it or not, believe it or not, A-Rod has denied the allegations. It would take a strong case from MLB to squash that statement.
A couple of things are certain no matter what the outcome ends up being. The rift between the organization and A-Rod will be approaching Grand Canyon levels and any chance at redemption for A-Rod in the eyes of the Yankee faithful is lost forever. You thought the boos at the “House that Jeter built” were loud before, just wait until he is announced by the Yankee public address announcer next time. It might register on the Richter scale. What is your impression of the story? What do you think the outcome will be? Let’s hear it.
What will be A-Rod's Fate?
- Nothing, the story will fade away (37%, 10 Votes)
- Yankees will buy him out to make it go away (22%, 6 Votes)
- He will retire before the 2013 season (11%, 3 Votes)
- Yankees will void his contract (11%, 3 Votes)
- Other (11%, 3 Votes)
- He will have to fight Federal charges in court (7%, 2 Votes)
- He will be traded (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 27