According to a ESPN Report, Hal Steinbrenner, the principal owner of the New York Yankees, met privately with Alex Rodriguez before last nights loss to the Giants to discuss his possible release.
Team sources called the meeting “positive”. If released, the Yankees would be responsible for the remaining $28 million due to Rodriguez whose contract expires at the end of the 2017 season.
The move (if made) would allow Rodriguez to sign with another team in an attempt to reach the vaunted goal of 700 home runs (he needs four more) and perhaps a run at Babe Ruth’s 714 if he plays next year.
The Yankees and A-Rod have played the string out through good times – his contribution to a World Championship in 2009 – and bad times with countless lawsuits and back page media fodder stemming from the steroid accusations.
His release would wipe the slate clean for the Yankees and signal to their fans that they are (finally) ready to move forward in developing a new and younger face to the team.
And if they are really serious, Texieria, Sabathia, McCann, and Beltran should follow a similar path or be traded to make way for farm talent like Aaron Judge (above), Gary Sanchez (below), and Greg Bird who will return from an injury next season.
Remember, we are talking about a team which at last count is worth $3.4 billion. But first, we’ll have to wait and see if they pull the plug on Rodriguez……..