According to a report in the New York Daily News, Alex Rodriguez is unlikely to ever play for the Yankees again.
Numerous baseball sources tell the Daily News that Rodriguez, still owed $114 million over five years on his contract, will not recover from the hip surgery he had earlier this month. It is the second hip surgery for the 37-year-old Rodriguez, and sources familiar with the situation believe the surgery will leave the third baseman in such a diminished role that he may consider a settlement or an outright retirement.
“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 Daily News.
A Miami New Times story published Tuesday links Rodriguez to an anti-aging clinic in Miami that distributed performance-enhancing drugs. Rodriguez, according to the New Times story, was a client of Anthony Bosch and purchased HGH as recently as 2012. Rodriguez has admitted steroid use in the past but claims he has been clean since 2003. The Yankees had already been privately readying for the likelihood that Rodriguez wouldn’t complete his contract even before the newest allegations surfaced.
Rodriguez signed a 10-year, $275 million deal in December of 2007. He played in 99 games in 2011, 122 in 2012 and is expected to miss at least half of the 2013 season as he recovers from hip surgery. He set career lows in slugging percentage and OPS in 2012 and had just three hits in 25 at-bats during the 2012 playoffs.
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