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The New York Daily News’ A-Rod Retirement-for-$114-Million Rumor Is Bonkers

Jun 27, 2013, 11:14 AM EDT

source:  Philadelphia thought a wasted year of Andrew Bynum was bad. Or $23 million for Ilya Bryzgalov to go away was worse.

But what if you were New York and had to pay Alex Rodriguez upwards of $114 million because he couldn’t physically play any longer?

That would be nuts.

That’s the rumor the New York Daily News is pushing today:

According to sources close to the ongoing drama surrounding the star-crossed Yankee third baseman, Rodriguez and his advisers are so concerned that Major League Baseball’s drug posse is quickly closing in on him that they have racheted up the timetable for him to return to game action.

Once he’s back playing in rehab games, the sources say, he could then claim he is physically unable to perform because of the serious hip injury he is recovering from, “retire” from the game, and still collect the full amount of his salary — $114 million over the next five years.

Obviously A-Rod is a different breed. With most athletes who at one point in their career were discussed in “best ever” conversations, you’d think he’d want to do everything in his power to show the early part of his career was not a fluke and to go out on a high note.

Then again: $114 million dollars.

That kind of cash could probably mess with any motivation.

Still, the rumor that A-Rod is even pushing/planning for this is bonkers to me. Read the whole story.

  1. hitnrun - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    You’d think that, with all the sharks circling, he would offer the Yankees a 50 or 60 million buyout, take the money, and run.

    In theory, the Yankees owe him 114 million no matter what and the MLBPA will make sure he gets paid punctually and exactly if the have to auction their ersatz stadium for spare parts. In theory.

    In messy reality, between the ramifications of steroids and the perilous ground of “retirement,” I wouldn’t take the risk of letting my case go before an arbitrator or a court or the Steinbrenners’ poker buddies in the Five Families. I’d tell Yanks to make me a fat offer and cash my chips.

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  2. BenE. - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Bonkers? More like Yonkers, amiright?

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