The Yankees might not be likely to void Alex Rodriguez‘s contract, but according to a report from Bill Madden and others in the Daily News, A-Rod may have played his last game as a Yankee anyway. According to the always available “sources familiar with” the situation, A-Rod could up and decide to retire, or “settle,” walking away from the $114 million left on his contract.
The logic of the piece seems to be that diminished performance will push A-Rod to walking away altogether.
“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,” a “baseball official” told the reporters. “If he did that, he’d be a part-time player and presumably unable to achieve any of the incentive clauses in the contract or even the milestones.”
Personally, I think this sounds like a guy who doesn’t spend much time paying attention to professional athletes, who always seem to think they’re just a quick fix away from figuring it all out once again. The idea that A-Rod, who has already denied the allegations in full, is going to decide to retire because he’s no longer a 30 home run hitting MVP candidate certainly isn’t supported by the trajectory of the last three seasons, and that’s without even considering the massive amount of money he’s still guaranteed.
The unknown variable here, I suppose, is that surgically repaired hip. If it continues to be a problem for Alex and cause him pain, I coud see him deciding it was time to hang ’em up, but that’s not what we had previously heard about the situation from A-Rod’s doctors. Prior to this, all of the news about the injury have been about as good as they could be under the circumstances, and we even heard that the damage to the hip was not a bad as originally thought.
Look, anything is possible, especially given that there will be further investigations of this matter that couldresul in new damning details coming out, but for now fantasies of A-Rod exiting the Yankees organization, especially by giving up nine figures worth of salary, are probably no more than that: fantasy.