By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @mlbreports
I have finally had it…. I never like talking about PED use or anything in the near vicinity of the topic., however A – Rod’s antics over the last 2 weeks have driven me over the edge.
I am going to say this fast and smooth, so there are no delusions or equivocations about my stance on the subject.
Its 4th and 40 A – Rod!! I beg the Yankees to facilitate a plan to punt you.
The ill-advised maneuvers that Alex Rodriguez has been running with from his legal consortium has me questioning the man’s intellect.
I firmly believe that A – Rod has switched off of his drugs – and now resorts to inhaling a ‘platter of dumb’ every night for his dinner.
So here is how I would the Yankees so deal with #13.
1. Let him play out right now – until you are eliminated from playoff contention. This stops any leverage A – Rod and his contingency has towards making the Yankees and the MLB be out to be a bad guy.
I also believe that while it is blasphemy that the ‘cheater’ is able to play right now based on the CBA, and JDA, this was collectively bargained in by the players in the last labor negotiations.
The players have already been heard to amend stiffer penalties from guys who abuse the drug policy in the future.
Once the team is not going to play in the Post Season, sit Rodriguez on the bench.
The Yankees May Have to pay A – Rod, but they don’t have to play him. Alex may not get a chance to redeem himself.
(The Natural Movie – 1984) “We May Pay You Hobbs (Or Alex Rodriguez)” – But you will never see the field 25:00 Mark – 33:33 Mark
However long that the Third Baseman is suspended, this should be the last time A – Rod ever receives an At-Bat in the Major Leagues.
Lets say Rodriguez is suspended all the way through 2014. This would leave approx $55 – 61 MIL left on his contract from 2015 – 2017, plus incentives built in through Milestones.
Here is what I would like brass to say to Mr. Rodriguez.
The Yankees never pay Rodriguez another cent – and ask him to accept this deal in order to release him. If A – Rod ever wants to bat in the Major Leagues again, this would be the only way.
The Yankees would settle with Rodriguez for a ‘retirement settlement’. They would agree to pay him 1 years salary – in order for him to retire.
If A – Rod declines the first two options, here is what I would do.
A – Rod has declined the 1st 2 Options and now will receive the full remainder of his salary – and will be on the 25 Man Roster of the Bronx Bombers until 2017.
Here’s what the Yankees can use for leverage in the re-instatement meeting with ‘A-Rat’ and his lawyer cronies (including Joe Tacopina).
A team official (hopefully he looks a guy from the Movie “A Bronx Tale”
‘We will pay you your salary Alex, we will have you on the active Roster for the entire duration of your remaining time on your contract. However, you will never get a chance to bat ever in that time frame.
You are going to be the highest paid ‘pine rider’ of ALL – Time.
Oh, we may pinch run you if we are blowing out the other team or we are being blown out, and especially if we are on the road. We may even use at Third Base for a half Inning.
You will never collect another hit, RBI or HR. If you speak your mind like you did when you were appealing your suspension, we will suspend you after you have giving us probable cause.
We are not going to have you pass Lou Gehrig‘s RBI total or Babe Ruth‘s HR total in our Pinstripes. They are legends in this game. Heck, you are not even going to earn you incentive clause to pass Willie Mays in your contract.
Once the 2017 season concludes, and your skills have eroded for another 3 years, and you are at the age of 41, you will finally be a Free Agent.
Do you think any other team will want to sign a drug abuser, has been hitter, that hasn’t had an AB in 4 years?
The Yankees will take the hit financially because we will finally look like the good guy for once. Even if we have to carry a player on the roster that will never hit, we are prepared to do that.
Fans of baseball all across the world will cheer for our stance – and we can recover all of the good publicity and faith in the MLB realm. You will go down as the biggest fall from grace in the history of this sport.
Money is just money – and we are tired of your CIRCUS ACT’ You are in New York son.
So you either play ball with us here – by taking Option 1 or 2, or you will never play ball on the field until 2018.
Which Option do you think A – Rod would take?
A – Rods should have thanked his lucky stars he was ever granted another chance to play for New York. He has since popped off at every chance with his legal team.
You are very brave A – Rod, to attack the people who hold the rights to you playing – after you are done this PED suspension. Not a very swift move in my view.
Instead you are spitting in the face of the most legendary franchise of ALL – Time, and are not endearing yourself to any of the remaining fans you may have left before your return to the game.
You better check yourself at the door, because soon it will be locked on your career if you don’t!
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