Alex Rodriguez made a request to meet with his team, the New York Yankees, in order to offer them an apology and to sort of “clear the air” before spring training. However, according to the New York Daily News, the team refused. Clearly trying to bridge the gap between his suspension and rejoining the team for the 2015 season, ARod will now have to grin and bear the awkward moments to come.
“The disgraced superstar offered to meet face-to-face with team executives to apologize for his role in the Biogenesis scandal and clear the air before players report to Tampa next month, but the Yankee brass declined the invitation, telling Rodriguez, ‘We’ll see you in spring training,'” reports the New York Daily News.
Alex Rodriguez has met with MLB officials — not once, but twice — likely trying to get himself in the good graces of new commissioner Rob Manfred. It seems obvious that ARod’s reputation is forever tainted, no matter with whom he speaks, or what he says. And while he may still have a few supporters out there, his career will never be the same.
And the trouble might not be close to over for the Yankees third baseman. According to ESPN, the organization is trying to get out of paying him his home run bonus, which he would more than likely earn this year.
“If Rodriguez hits six more homers, which would tie him with Willie Mays for fourth all time, he will be eligible for a $6 million bonus as part of his 10-year, $275 million contract with the Yankees. Rodriguez has hit 654 home runs in his career. The Yankees plan on contesting the validity of the marketing deal because of Rodriguez’s steroids revelations and yearlong suspension.”
As far as his contract goes, ARod has three years left. The Yankees had considered trying to void his contract, but haven’t made any plans to go forward with that plan. Rodriguez will be paid an additional $61 million and will more than likely retire after his contract is up.
Interestingly enough, Alex Rodriguez may not get that many at bats this season. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the Yankees recently signed third baseman Chase Headley to their roster. Headley came from the San Diego Padres and signed on with the Yankees for $52 million over four years. That could mean that ARod would move into the DH spot, but it’s too early to tell. The organization likely won’t make a move of that nature until after spring training.
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