Alex Rodriguez‘s 211-game suspension for his involvement in with Biogenesis was reduced to 162 games on Saturday morning, but the New York Yankees should not be celebrating just yet.
Rodriguez quickly released a statement after the ruling claiming that he will fight to bring the case to federal court as he stated the, “deck has been stacked against me since day one,” and that the evidence on him is unreliable. However, an overwhelming number of baseball analysts and people with knowledge of the situation believe that a federal court decision would not differ from the arbitrator who reduced his ban. So A-Rod is out of the picture, right? Well, not really.
Yes, the Yankees will receive financial relief by saving the $25 million they owe him for the 2014 season if he does indeed sit out. That money will more than likely be unloaded on Japanese star Masahiro Tanaka along with a new third baseman and more starting pitching. The Yankees’ plans of staying under the luxury tax just became more realistic, and they could very well be on their way to another championship in 2014. But what about the money they owe Rodriguez in 2015, 2016 and 2017?
If there is one thing I have learned about Rodriguez after watching his entire 20 year career unfold, it’s that he is one persistent guy. A-Rod, no matter the circumstance, does not like being made out to be something he feels he isn’t, and he definitely doesn’t like being told what to do. The Yankees owe him upwards of $61 million over the final three years of his contract. Not only will Rodriguez want that money, but he will want to earn that money and return to baseball to play the part of the villain. Why? Cause he’s A-Rod.
There is a slight chance that maybe, just maybe, Rodriguez will finally give in and call it a career. He won’t be able to play until 2015 when he will turn 40 during that season, but that wouldn’t be parallel to the way he has spent his career.
Rodriguez isn’t someone who is going to fade out. He wants money, he needs limelight and he doesn’t care how anyone feels about it. Yankee fans are excited about 2014 and rightfully so, but they should be wary of the years that follow because the monster contract signed in 2003 is still alive and well.