Posted by tecwrg on 1/30/2013 10:39:00 AM (view original):
Posted by MikeT23 on 1/30/2013 10:15:00 AM (view original):I think it's more likely that you'll never see ARod play another game for the Yankees.
They seriously considered it with Giambi.
At any rate, they'd obviously love to be done with A-Roid. However, if they can't be, the last thing they want is to further alienate him. He's not a fan favorite. He can't be traded. I have no idea if he's well-received in the clubhouse but I doubt it. When you're a great player, your "quirks" are accepted. When you're not, you're just an *******.
I expect the Yanks to make an announcement that they stand behind him any day now.
He's almost certain to miss this entire season because of the Yankees insurance policy that covers his salary if he doesn't play. 2014 and beyond is a huge question mark.
I think one way or another, the Yankees want nothing more than to move forward without having to deal with finding a spot on their 25 man roster for ARod. Even if it means a trade that involves eating a good portion of the contract.
According to two baseball sources -- one of whom is familiar with the wording of Rodriguez's contract -- even if it is proved that Rodriguez received PEDs and HGH from Bosch, the Yankees would not be able to impose a punishment greater than the mandatory 50-game suspension stipulated for a first-time offender by baseball's collectively bargained Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
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."