Yankees Won't Try to Void A-Rod Contract
According to this story in this morning's New York Post, the Yankees are not about to try and escape from Alex Rodriguez's massive, $275 million contract because of his admitted use of performance enhancing substances.
When asked about trying to void the deal, which is the largest in baseball history, Hank Steinbrenner said that the team wouldn't make any attempt to alter it in any way. There are no record of provisions within the deal that would provide the Yankees with an out clause if Rodriguez admitted prior use of performance enhancers, and the team doesn't seem to have any interest in severing ties with the third baseman, anyway.
Here's Steinbrenner's quote from the Post:
Asked about finding a way to get out from under the $275 million deal that has nine years left, Steinbrenner said, "No, no . . . it's simply . . . that's it basically."
Steinbrenner even laughed when asked about trying to trade A-Rod, so it's safe to assume that isn't happening, either.
The most interesting part of the Post's piece, however, is the light it sheds on just how concerned some members of the Yankees organization are about how the scandal might affect A-Rod on the field. General Manager Brian Cashman offered a particularly revealing quote:
"You can't predict how things will go," Cashman said. "There will obviously be tough times. It's a fair question. We will push forward through very difficult times."
A steroids scandal, $27.5 million per season and no concept of what to expect for the forthcoming season. If you're a GM, that has to terrify you, doesn't it?
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