Some facts for your perusal:
1. Alex Rodriguez is recovering from a mid-January hip surgery that was described as going “as planned and without complication,” and his return was projected as around the All-Star Break. That was just two weeks ago.
2. Alex Rodriguez was implicated in a new PED scandal, the fruits of which allege he’s been actively using a variety of banned substances for a number of years. That was two days ago.
3. Alex Rodriguez is 37 years old, hasn’t played more than 138 games in a season since 2007, and hit just .272/.353/.430 last year.
4. Alex Rodriguez is owed $114 million over the next five seasons.
And now, conveniently (magically (ridiculously (incredibly (unbelievably (no, seriously, unbelievably))))), the New York Daily News reports that the Yankees now believe Rodriguez’s hip surgery recovery is likely to derail his career, and he’ll never play again for the Yankees. Indeed, per “numerous baseball sources,” Rodriguez would have to settle for such a diminished role upon his return that he may consider retirement, or may be forced to retire because of the hip problem. The Yankees were already planning on Rodriguez never coming back to the team before these new PED allegations surfaced.
Huzzah! What an amazing coincidence! Because, if Rodriguez’s hip surgery didn’t fix his problem, and he were forced to retire, the Yankees could recoup up to 85% of the money owed to him by way of insurance. That $114 million noose suddenly becomes a flaccid string of silk.
And, naturally, this all would have come up this week, completely irrespective of the PED scandal. Just a coincidence. Surely the insurance company will see it that way, right?
In any case, it’s not likely Rodriguez will be entering a substance abuse treatment program any time soon.