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More A-Rod: Notes and reaction from the Miami report

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 29, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

In the coming days, there’s going to be a lot written and said about Alex Rodriguez and the Miami New Times report. Here are a few things worth your attention while we’re still sorting through the rubble.

• I initially missed the link at the top of the New Times story, but if you click it you’ll find the newspaper has posted pictures of the handwritten Alex Rodriguez references that were found in the Biogenesis files.

• According to ESPN, Rodriguez has hired a lawyer, Roy Black, who helped get William Kennedy Smith acquitted of rape charges in 1991. He’s represented several other celebrities.

• Several people have wondered whether the Yankees — if the Miami story is proven true — might be able to void Rodriguez’s contract. An online contributor to Forbes magazine suggests it might be possible. I can’t pretend to know enough about contracts to say whether the Yankees could get out of Rodriguez’s deal. I know the past suggests they won’t be able to do it, but I’m reminded of the old West Wing episode when President Bartlet threatens to nationalize the trucking industry only to be told that a similar attempt by a previous president had been ruled unconstitutional. Bartlet responds: “It’s been 50 years, there’s a new bench, and I’ll take my chances.” Past attempts to void contracts because of stuff like this might not have worked, but it’s been a decade, opinion of PEDs has changed, and I’m sure the Yankees would like to take their chances.

• David Schoenfield writes that he’s beginning to believe Rodriguez will never play again.

• Gio Gonzalez, who was also named in the New Times report, has denied any involvement: “I’ve never used performance enhancing drugs of any kind and I never will ,I’ve never met or spoken with tony Bosch or used any substance provided by him. Anything said to the contrary is a lie.”

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87 Responses to “More A-Rod: Notes and reaction from the Miami report”

  1. vrsce January 29th, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Let’s, as fans and not owners, forget about ARod’s contract. Hank signed him after the opt out, a mistake. The owners not the fans should pay for this mistake.

    Therefore the Yankees should buyout ARod, accept the luxury tax problem, which through mismanagent they created. Then put the best possible product on the field to ensure their revenue stream stays in place. The recent sale of a sizeable stake of YES to Fox has made them lots of money, so they can afford it.

    I never want to see ARod in a Yankee uniform again. He is simply a curse.

  2. comnsnse January 29th, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Chad,notwithstanding Arod’s travails which I believe are accurate,i.e. guilty as charged. The third paragraph about Roy Black and Kennedy Smith is in court called “leading the witness” to a conclusion. Sort of like “damning with faint praise” Gratuitous and unnecessary in that with many it not only impugns Black skills but might imply KS was actually guilty. Again,suggesting “the rich can get away with murder”…..and often do!

    I’ll also give myself a swat for prejudging the defendant before hearing all the evidence! However,that’s a fan’s prerogative,you sir are after all an esteemed journalist!

  3. Felix Unger January 29th, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    comnsnse………………….Ah ! Ha ! HA!!!!!!!!!! The old transplant from ‘Tubbies’ Blog !!!!!!

  4. blake January 29th, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    @ESPNNYYankees: Yankees “looking at about 20 different ways” to void A-Rod contract; story by myself and @AndrewMarchand up soon on http://t.co/mha1Vktg

    Good luck with that

  5. blake January 29th, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    The article from Forbes that chad links is pretty interesting….if they can void Arods deal can we have a do over on Josh Hamilton?

  6. Felix Unger January 29th, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Hopefully this story will be proven correct and then The Yankees and their fans will finally be done with the ‘Aroid’ saga. ‘Aroid’ has hired Black to represent him and when contacted today for comment, ‘Aroid’ declined………..a bad sign.

    He has already had his second chance, so if this new episode is proven correct he is done.

  7. blake January 29th, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    @AndrewMarchand: Sources: Yanks trying to void A-Rod’s contract http://t.co/xobJ33rF But it will be very difficult to do

  8. Torn ACL of Rondo January 29th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Prufrock,

    I read a couple nights ago that you used to have a different handle on the forum. What was your previous handle ?

  9. slim January 29th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    David S.’s blog piece is a total joke and shouldn’t be linked to.

    If there is no way to void his contract (which there likely will not be);
    Insurance would not pay anything if the yankees release him – which is his insane claim in the blog.
    The Yankees are not going to just eat all of that money, especially since if he does get injured they have the chance of insurance and if healthy he could still produce like a $4 million dollar a year player.

    The only way it likely can end for Arod and the Yankees is if Arod accepts some backloaded $.80 on a dollar rate to just retire. Save the Yankees 20 million or so and Arod still gets paid most of his money for never having to play again.
    Then even if Hal and Alex came to that agreement, Arod’s agent would likely sue, the players union would likely sue and on and on.

  10. Felix Unger January 29th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    An easy way to inflict the maximum punishment for cheaters who use drugs going forward.

    Put a clause in all contracts that if they are caught using, their contract voids completely and they are permanently banned from MLB.

    No more fat contract, no more job, no more money, egg on their face.

    Same as it is in the normal workplace, you’re FIRED !!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. blake January 29th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Section 7, paragraph M of the agreement states, “All authority to discipline Players for violations of the Program shall repose with the Commissioner’s Office. No Club may take any disciplinary or adverse action against a Player (including, but not limited to, a fine, suspension, or any adverse action pursuant to a Uniform Player’s Contract) because of a Player’s violation of the Program.”

    “Baseball’s drug policy was specifically written so that teams can’t do things like this,” one of the sources said. “You can’t use this to try to get out of the last years of a contract.”

    From the column.

    I think the only shot the Yanks have to to prove some sort of a fraud case against Alex….and that won’t be easy at all

  12. austinmac January 29th, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    I said earlier and the ESPN article supports, they could get out of the contract if they can relate continued PED use to his physical issues. That’s probably why they were very unhappy when his doctor said his hip problems were unrelated.

    People, I have done work over medical proof for a long time. I believe a good case can be built that PEDs have a connection to injury, recovery, unnatural connective tissue or something along that line.

  13. champ809 January 29th, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    In this case I think the MLB will be behind the Yanks wholeheartedly in the effort to void his deal as that will be the knockout blow that makes these players realize that the cheating has to stop.

  14. rogyanks January 29th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Yes, A-Rod is the Lance Armstrong of MLB. Good riddance.

  15. blake January 29th, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    The language in Arods contract is gonna make it very tough….they really have no grounds unless they can prove some kind of long shot fraud case or something.

    Question is….if they go down this road are are unsuccessful then how can they bring him back to play? If this is true and they are really going to try and void the contract then I think we’ve seen theist of Alex in the pinstripes

  16. tomingeorgia January 29th, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    blake,
    First indication I’ve seen that Arod is a theist.

  17. slim January 29th, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    This summer could be interesting with Arod….
    this entire new investigation not withstanding.

    You will have the Yankees and their team of doctors wanting Arod to “have a set back in rehab” or recovery slow enough that he misses enough games to have insurance kick in on one side
    and then
    Arod’s doctors and the insurance companies’ own team of doctors thinking he is healthy enough to play.

    The insurance company won’t look at $20 plus million lightly and will do their own investigation if the Yankees try to prolong the surgery and rehab.

    Assuming they cannot void the contract which I don’t think they will be able to:
    If Arod is suspended 50 games for this new story, would the suspension starts after his rehab ends and he is ready to join the team?
    Question: how is 2014 payroll calculated if you have a guy on the payroll but is suspended a certain number of games by MLB without pay for PED ??? Is it prorated down by the number of games? Can the yankees work this into their getting under the cap plan?

  18. kd January 29th, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    there were news reports last time too. but he was coming off of a monster season and was an MVP.

    now, he’s a former superstar in serious decline. and might be out for the year. my gut tells me we’ve seen that last of him. they’ll figure out a mutually beneficial way to remove him from the payroll while saving public face, and it’ll be kept quiet.

    this may be a blessing is disguise going forward

  19. jacksquat January 29th, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Maybe Arod will retire and simultaneously, somewhere in Switzerland or the Cayman Islands a large financial transaction will take place that only a few people will ever know about…

  20. Warning Track Power January 29th, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    the media really needs to get a clue.
    did not take long for how many media people to say that ARod has played his last game.
    what a joke!

    suddenly ARod is guilty. give the man a chance to reply. give the man a chance to prove his innocence. what is wrong with this country?
    a newspaper report is released and suddenly the player questioned is guilty and his career is over.
    why?

  21. J. Alfred Prufrock January 29th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    So they are officially trying to get out of the contract, I see.

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/ml.....ng-sources

    The New York Yankees are exploring multiple avenues in an attempt to void their contract with Alex Rodriguez based on new allegations of illegal performance-enhancing drug use reported by a Miami newspaper, but the odds may be against their ability to do it.

    According to several baseball sources who spoke to ESPNNewYork.com on the condition of anonymity, Rodriguez may be in little danger of having his contract voided, even if the charges turn out to be true. There is no precedent to successfully void a contract in baseball over PEDs.

    If Major League Baseball finds cause to discipline Rodriguez based on allegations made in a 5,400-word story published by the Miami New Times, the Yankees will try to find an escape hatch from their remaining five-year, $114 million obligation to the three-time American League MVP.
    ////

    This whole sordid mess is saddening.

  22. tomingeorgia January 29th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    WTP,
    And the paper is a weekly supermarket giveaway.

  23. Warning Track Power January 29th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Tom
    I don’t know that because I have never read the
    Miami News Times

    Why doesn’t the media investigate the newspaper or the sources before running
    MLB players out of the game?

  24. PacoDooley January 29th, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    I read that article and I wouldn’t be surprised if it is not true. I mean, I assume it is since they would be stupid to publish this without some decent support/evidence. But it doesn’t read like a slam dunk investigation. It relies on some notebooks that sound a little fishy (like the fact that they bother defining what is in various mixes or what some code names mean – that sounds weird given that these are supposed to be personal notebooks).

  25. tucker January 29th, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Interesting there are two strong denials about this doc’s notes — one from ARod, the other from Gio.

    Keep in mind there are no positive drug tests. Doctors’ records of patients records are generally confidential. No comment from the doctor … This report does not seem iron clad to me.

    ARod quite possibly used these substances (particularly in 2007), but I don’t think his New Times report includes enough evidence to get ARod in trouble with MLB or set up a contract challenge from the Yanks.

  26. tomingeorgia January 29th, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    WTP,
    Take some of that back: it is a free weekly. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miami_New_Times

  27. sandman January 29th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    The fact that it was a notebook makes me question the legitimacy of this. People can write anything that they want on a piece of paper, that doesn’t necessarily make it true.

  28. Warning Track Power January 29th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Tomi
    I don’t really care about the publication
    What I care about is how the media(t.v. and print) are quick to find ARod guilty and
    basically run him out of the league and the game.

    Instead of focusing on the sources, the paper that leaked the story and ensure the reports
    are 100% accurate, the media focuses on ruining someone’s reputation.

    Just sad!

  29. Chip January 29th, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    According to ESPN the Yankees are looking at multiple ways to get out from Alex’s contract. I don’t think that’s going to happen, but I do think it’s becoming more and more likely that we’ve seen Alex’s last game as a Yankee.

    If the organization is angry enough (and at this point they might well be) Hal could decide to eat the contract and let Cashman release Alex.

  30. Warning Track Power January 29th, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Chip
    Of course the Yankees are doing their due diligence. Every team in the league would.
    They are essentially kicking the tires.
    Much like Cashman kicks the tires when looking for a player that might help the team win
    some games.

  31. J. Alfred Prufrock January 29th, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    I have a better idea: release Cashman instead, make Alex the GM.

    He’s a way better judge of talent and he won’t need HGH to pick up the phone :D

  32. Chip January 29th, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    WTP -

    I think there is some reason for speculation as to why Alex might never play again:

    1. He has to know that at this point, after three different steroid incidents, he’s never going to be a hall of famer.

    2. Given that, given his body breaking down, he could well decide “screw this. I can retire medically, get 80% of my contract and not deal with this anymore”

    3. Even if the Yankees can’t void his contract, they could make it plenty uncomfortable for him, either by reducing his role to that of platoon DH or pinch hitter. Say what we will about Alex, but his image is very important to him – being reduced to a cheerleader is not going to be something he warms to.

  33. ron January 29th, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Arod will be doing dishes before the yankees eat 114 million.
    The yankees are putting it out there that they no longer wan’t arod around,and with his questionable personality are hoping he walks away on his own with 30,or 40 million.

  34. Chip January 29th, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Again – at this point I don’t really care about what Alex says – he did this; we all know it. My concern is whether Cano’s on that client list too and if so, are we going to find out before or after handing another steroid product an 8 year contract?

  35. Warning Track Power January 29th, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Chip
    That sounds like a fine script for Hollywood. Maybe you should call Spielberg and ask
    him to turn your “idea” into a movie.

    What you said is all based on allegations, assumption, conjecture and wishful thinking.
    You don’t know the situation & neither do I.

    Just because a paper reports what they did today does not make the story fact.

  36. tomingeorgia January 29th, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Chip January 29th, 2013 at 6:17 pm
    According to ESPN the Yankees are looking at multiple ways to get out from Alex’s contract. I don’t think that’s going to happen, but I do think it’s becoming more and more likely that we’ve seen Alex’s last game as a Yankee.

    If the organization is angry enough (and at this point they might well be) Hal could decide to eat the contract and let Cashman release Alex.
    ___________________
    Assuming that happens, and Alex comes out of this clean, surely some team will hire him at league minimum. If he’s suspended, some team will hire him regardless regardless, as the Dodgers did with Manny. Alex is not finished, but I wish he were, which is sort of sad for one of the best players I’ve ever seen.

  37. Chip January 29th, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Warning Track Power January 29th, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Chip
    That sounds like a fine script for Hollywood. Maybe you should call Spielberg and ask
    him to turn your “idea” into a movie.

    What you said is all based on allegations, assumption, conjecture and wishful thinking.
    You don’t know the situation & neither do I.

    Just because a paper reports what they did today does not make the story fact.

    ———————

    If this was the first time Alex had been linked to steroids I might buy it. But this is the third time – the other two were both proven true. His cousin, who muled drugs for him from Galea in Toronto – is also listed in the article.

    Three of the players named are guys who tested positive, one of whom is a very close friend and work out partner of Alex’s in the offseason.

    I have no doubt whatsoever that he did this.

  38. Warning Track Power January 29th, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Chip
    Good for you. I’m glad you have an opinion.

    Mine is very different
    Perhaps I am naive or just want to consider someone innocent until
    proven guilty.

    Call me crazy!

  39. Chip January 29th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    tomingeorgia January 29th, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Chip January 29th, 2013 at 6:17 pm
    According to ESPN the Yankees are looking at multiple ways to get out from Alex’s contract. I don’t think that’s going to happen, but I do think it’s becoming more and more likely that we’ve seen Alex’s last game as a Yankee.

    If the organization is angry enough (and at this point they might well be) Hal could decide to eat the contract and let Cashman release Alex.
    ___________________
    Assuming that happens, and Alex comes out of this clean, surely some team will hire him at league minimum. If he’s suspended, some team will hire him regardless regardless, as the Dodgers did with Manny. Alex is not finished, but I wish he were, which is sort of sad for one of the best players I’ve ever seen.
    ——————

    Tom,

    I could care less who signs him if the Yankees release him. I’m done with this clown. He’s not worth the BS.

  40. Warning Track Power January 29th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Chip
    When ARod is found to be innocent and the news article is exposed as a fraud, I hope you
    welcome back ARod with open arms!

  41. vrsce January 29th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Alex Armstrong or Lance Rodriguez? which is it? I know they are not the same guy, but the denials are similar. So are their defenders.hmmmm.

  42. Chip January 29th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Warning Track Power January 29th, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Chip
    Good for you. I’m glad you have an opinion.

    Mine is very different
    Perhaps I am naive or just want to consider someone innocent until
    proven guilty.

    Call me crazy!
    ————-

    You’re not crazy,

    That was the same opinion I had the first time he was linked to steroids. I even wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt about his relationship with Galea; but three strikes, you’re out.

  43. joeman January 29th, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    blake January 29th, 2013 at 5:09 pm
    The article from Forbes that chad links is pretty interesting….if they can void Arods deal can we have a do over on Josh Hamilton?
    ————————————————
    I don’t know ..a guy that has a problem with another substance & could fall down at anytime, I wish him well but it has to be a struggle for him

  44. yankee21 January 29th, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    I have practically zero confidence in journalistic integrity especially with respect to any incident involving A-rod.

    At the same time, A-rod vehemently denied doing PED before and then later came clean and admitted.

    So I really don’t know who to believe but I still believe in the old adage- innocent until proven guilty.

    If A-rod is truly innocent, he should sue the author/paper for libel.

  45. Chip January 29th, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Warning Track Power January 29th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Chip
    When ARod is found to be innocent and the news article is exposed as a fraud, I hope you
    welcome back ARod with open arms!
    ————-

    WTP -

    First, I don’t think that will happen.

    Second, I’m so sick and tired of Rodriguez that I pledge now, I will not go to a Yankee game while he is under contract with the team.

  46. Warning Track Power January 29th, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Yankee21
    ARod has already lawyer-ed up.
    You know he is kicking the tires to see if he can sue and for
    what amount.

  47. AAA January 29th, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    If the organization is angry enough (and at this point they might well be) Hal could decide to eat the contract and let Cashman release Alex.

    ================================

    Lotta dead money counting towards that luxury tax threshold. Suppose it could be argued it’s dead whether he’s a Yankee or not, but that would an unprecedented salary chow.

  48. blake January 29th, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    @mikeaxisa: NYY owes A-Rod for deflecting attention away from the fact they wilfully did not improve this winter for the sake of saving money in 2+ yrs.

  49. AAA January 29th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    ARod has already lawyer-ed up.
    You know he is kicking the tires to see if he can sue and for
    what amount.

    ================================

    Hmm. I don’t know, WTP. Black’s forte is defense, though I don’t know with any degree of certainty that he doesn’t also function as a lead atty in lawsuits.

  50. joeman January 29th, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Arod could go to Hollywood make movies and not deal with this sh?t anymore….He & the NYY would be a whole lot happier

  51. blake January 29th, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    “Lotta dead money counting towards that luxury tax threshold. Suppose it could be argued it’s dead whether he’s a Yankee or not, but that would an unprecedented salary chow.”

    Yea….which is why it’s curious to me why they would pursue this voiding of the contract if they have very little chance to win the case.

    All they will likely do is widen the gulf between the team and the player making it even more difficult to get any value out of him when/if he does get healthy

  52. yankee21 January 29th, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Arod is like most great athletes; proud. I couldn’t imagine him walking away from the game due to these PED issues. I could imagine him walking away if he is physically incapable of playing.

    My prediction is Arod will continue to haunt NY’s payroll for years to come.

    The other prediction is the fans will bear this burden not Hal and the ownership team.

  53. Felix Unger January 29th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    comnsnse…………………where did you go ? Johnny ? ?

  54. blake January 29th, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    @jaysonst: Exactly! RT @TJQuinnESPN: @jaysonst @andygrabois Yanks have smart lawyers. If they pursue lost cause it’s to send msg & put pressure on ARod

  55. AAA January 29th, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    All they will likely do is widen the gulf between the team and the player making it even more difficult to get any value out of him when/if he does get healthy

    ======================================

    Also wonder how such an endeavor might play with other players, potential FA’s, etc.

  56. PittsburghYankeeFan January 29th, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    The Miami New Times better have more evidence than that. If they don’t, Roy Black will bankrupt them with a libel case. Yes, this is libel if it cannot be proven true, and the paper went forward with it–reckless disregard for the truth. The damages? Res ipsa locquitor, baby. Now, on the other hand, if ARod did this (what a moron if he did), he should admit it right now, and serve the 50 game suspension while on the DL (Yankees activate him for one game, suspend him while he recovers, then reactivate him when ready. I’d then meet with Roy Black and whoever ARod’s agent is now and renegotiate what is left of his deal. Baseball wants to be clear of this mess, Yankees want $25 million per year of AAV flexibility, ARod needs some decent publicity–everyone wins.

  57. AAA January 29th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    @jaysonst: Exactly! RT @TJQuinnESPN: @jaysonst @andygrabois Yanks have smart lawyers. If they pursue lost cause it’s to send msg & put pressure on ARod

    =======================================

    Pressure? Dude’s a gazillionaire with the contract law on his side.

  58. blake January 29th, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    @JonHeymanCBS: Kelly shoppach to #mariners

    Montero insurance

  59. Ghostwriter January 29th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    People need to lay off A-Rod. Just because he was once guilty of something, doesn’t mean every accusation against him is true.

    And you all can stop dreaming about the Yanks voiding A-Rod’s contract, because it’s not going to happen.

  60. blake January 29th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    “Also wonder how such an endeavor might play with other players, potential FA’s, etc.”

    Yea…doesn’t seem like it’s be worth it unless they really think they can do it

  61. Giuseppe Franco January 29th, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    I hope the Yanks’ lawyers are smarter than their talent evaluators.

  62. Ghostwriter January 29th, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Warning Track Power January 29th, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Yankee21
    ARod has already lawyer-ed up.
    You know he is kicking the tires to see if he can sue and for
    what amount.
    ==============

    He’s a public figure. People can pretty much do this kind of crap to him with impunity. Besides, I suspect that paper doesn’t have much in the way of assets…

  63. blake January 29th, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    “Pressure? Dude’s a gazillionaire with the contract law on his side.”

    I guess unless they just want Alex to know they don’t want him back….maybe pressure him to accept a trade somewhere where they eat most of the money

  64. Ys Guy January 29th, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    i see a settlement.

    mlb will threaten a lifetime suspension.

    arod will agree to retire to avoid this and will agree to a settlement with the yankees.

    the full amount of arod’s contract won’t count against the yankees for LT purposes after this season.

    everybody gets something.

  65. joeman January 29th, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    New PED Scandal About to Erupt?…can’t wait ?

  66. Ghostwriter January 29th, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    blake January 29th, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    “Pressure? Dude’s a gazillionaire with the contract law on his side.”

    I guess unless they just want Alex to know they don’t want him back….maybe pressure him to accept a trade somewhere where they eat most of the money
    =================

    I doubt it. If the Yanks wanted to send a message, they could have put him on waivers. Besides, there is no evidence of a lack of effort or bad attitude from ARod. So, what would be the point?

  67. Ghostwriter January 29th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Ys Guy January 29th, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    i see a settlement.

    mlb will threaten a lifetime suspension.

    arod will agree to retire to avoid this and will agree to a settlement with the yankees.

    the full amount of arod’s contract won’t count against the yankees for LT purposes after this season.

    everybody gets something.
    ==============

    The money owed him is probably a heck of a lot more than what a lifetime suspension would cost ARod. The only way he would settle is if he thought he had a high likelihood of losing, which right now, seems an extremely remote possibility.

  68. AAA January 29th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    I guess unless they just want Alex to know they don’t want him back….maybe pressure him to accept a trade somewhere where they eat most of the money

    ==============================

    Could be. Tough sell at this point. He’s obviously theirs for this year. After that? He’s owed what? $90M-ish over 4 years? He’d probably have to go to an AL team and the Yankees would likely have to eat $75-$80M.

  69. blake January 29th, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    “I doubt it. If the Yanks wanted to send a message, they could have put him on waivers. Besides, there is no evidence of a lack of effort or bad attitude from ARod. So, what would be the point?”

    To get him off the roster because they are tired of the distraction

  70. AAA January 29th, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    mlb will threaten a lifetime suspension

    =========================

    There is no mechanism by which MLB can do that. Under the CBA drug policy, it would take 3 failed tests for such action. So far, Rodriguez has failed ZERO.

  71. blake January 29th, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    “Could be. Tough sell at this point. He’s obviously theirs for this year. After that? He’s owed what? $90M-ish over 4 years? He’d probably have to go to an AL team and the Yankees would likely have to eat $75-$80M.”

    Probably….Seattle is collecting power Nats that can’t play defense

  72. J. Alfred Prufrock January 29th, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    This feels orchestrated.

  73. Ghostwriter January 29th, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    blake January 29th, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    “I doubt it. If the Yanks wanted to send a message, they could have put him on waivers. Besides, there is no evidence of a lack of effort or bad attitude from ARod. So, what would be the point?”

    To get him off the roster because they are tired of the distraction
    ===

    At any rate, putting Arod on waivers sends the message without the pesky legal fees.

  74. joeman January 29th, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Giuseppe Franco January 29th, 2013 at 6:54 pm
    I hope the Yanks’ lawyers are smarter than their talent evaluators
    ——————————————————–
    Giuseppe Franco…… this is the guy that made me see the light…..

  75. Ghostwriter January 29th, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock January 29th, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    This feels orchestrated.
    ===========

    I’m thinking it’s a hoax. I suspect that this newspaper is going to wind up with egg on its face.

  76. joeman January 29th, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Ghostwriter January 29th, 2013 at 7:06 pm
    blake January 29th, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    “I doubt it. If the Yanks wanted to send a message, they could have put him on waivers. Besides, there is no evidence of a lack of effort or bad attitude from ARod. So, what would be the point?”

    To get him off the roster because they are tired of the distraction
    ===

    At any rate, putting Arod on waivers sends the message without the pesky legal fees.

    ————————————
    Arod can’t be put on waivers he has that in his contract

  77. J. Alfred Prufrock January 29th, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Ghostwriter January 29th, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock January 29th, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    This feels orchestrated.
    ===========

    I’m thinking it’s a hoax. I suspect that this newspaper is going to wind up with egg on its face.
    ///

    That would be nice. I would like it to go away, for all involved.

  78. Ghostwriter January 29th, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    joeman January 29th, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Ghostwriter January 29th, 2013 at 7:06 pm
    blake January 29th, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    “I doubt it. If the Yanks wanted to send a message, they could have put him on waivers. Besides, there is no evidence of a lack of effort or bad attitude from ARod. So, what would be the point?”

    To get him off the roster because they are tired of the distraction
    ===

    At any rate, putting Arod on waivers sends the message without the pesky legal fees.

    ————————————
    Arod can’t be put on waivers he has that in his contract
    ================

    Do you know that for a fact, or is it that speculation?

  79. joeman January 29th, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Ghostwriter January 29th, 2013 at 7:11 pm
    joeman January 29th, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Ghostwriter January 29th, 2013 at 7:06 pm
    blake January 29th, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    “I doubt it. If the Yanks wanted to send a message, they could have put him on waivers. Besides, there is no evidence of a lack of effort or bad attitude from ARod. So, what would be the point?”

    To get him off the roster because they are tired of the distraction
    ===

    At any rate, putting Arod on waivers sends the message without the pesky legal fees.

    ————————————
    Arod can’t be put on waivers he has that in his contract
    ================

    Do you know that for a fact, or is it that speculation?

    ——————————–
    spec

  80. Ghostwriter January 29th, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    That would be nice. I would like it to go away, for all involved.//

    Me too. I would rather talk about baseball, than this other nonsense…

  81. Giuseppe Franco January 29th, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Don’t several Yankees get put on waivers after July 31st ever year knowing they will clear because of their high salaries?

  82. Ghostwriter January 29th, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Giuseppe Franco January 29th, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Don’t several Yankees get put on waivers after July 31st ever year knowing they will clear because of their high salaries?
    ===================

    Yeah, I think that’s happened in the past. I was thinking of when the Sox put Ramirez and his big contract on waivers, just to make the point to Manny that nobody else wanted him.

  83. joeman January 29th, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    new one>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  84. Duh Innings II January 29th, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    I think it’s time the Yankees look towards trading for a kid to play 3B starting in 2014 if Nunez is not fit to take over the position from Youkilis after 2013.

    If the Yanks got a rookie they could start at 3B and the #9 slot in 2014, they would pay only the rookie minimum at 3B in 2014, slightly more than that in 2015, probably no more than $600K in 2016, and a mil in 2017 for about $2.5M across four years, more if he makes more in 2017 (the first year he’s arbitration-eligible.)

    I would be thrilled with a good 3B glove, .260/.330/.430/.760, 15 HR, 60 RBI a year from the #9 slot.

  85. igotid88 January 30th, 2013 at 1:08 am

    I don’t think he did it

  86. steveonline January 30th, 2013 at 11:54 am

    It’s embarrassing as a Yankees fan so see this happening a second time. Why should we give A-Rod a second chance? The first time he outright LIED to everyone and anything for 2+ years what makes you think this will be any different?

    Hell one of his former teammates is listed to (Melky) kinda lets you know who was hanging out with who after house helping each other out.

  87. dwhir January 30th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Undoubtedly the Yankees will be stuck with his contract even if the allegations are true. Therefore the only leverage the Yankees may have is to bench him. Make him the 25th man when he comes back. You have to assume that A-Rod’s key goal now is to break the home run record and leave a “legacy in baseball”. If he’s riding the bench only getting 40-50 appearances a year he will not break any records.

    That could give the Yankees some leverage. Maybe he then approaches them for a buyout of the contract so he can sign with some other team for $5M a year and try to break the record there. If they can buy him out for approx. $50M it would be a blessing for the Yankees, ridding them of roughly half their commitment. It would help A-Rod who would still be rich and could get a shot at the title. Seems to me to be the only viable solution.


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