Despite being an albatross on the roster of the New York Yankees, Alex Rodriguez doesn’t have to be concerned about being released by the team. General Manager Brian Cashman stated that during a radio appearance on August 4, bluntly admitting that the money still owed to Rodriguez helps explain part of the reason.
Rodriguez, who turned 41 on July 27, appeared to have a comeback season in 2015 after he hit 33 home runs and drove in 86 runs. However, this season has been a disaster for the aging third baseman. In 62 games, he’s hit just nine home runs and driven in 29 runs, with a .204 batting average.
Those numbers have led many in the New York media to insist that the Yankees release Rodriguez. The former All-Star’s checkered reputation has been marked by repeated instances of steroid use. Due to those violations, he was suspended for the entire 2014 season.
Rodriguez has played for the Yankees since 2004 after a trade with the Texas Rangers. At the time of the deal, he was three years into a contract paying him $252 million over 10 seasons. After the 2007 campaign, he had the chance to opt out of the contract and subsequently signed a lucrative 10-year contract with the team.
That contract is up after next year. Were the Yankees to release Rodriguez now, they would owe him approximately $27 million. Cashman’s thinking is that the team might as well use him if they have to pay him.