It's a long-shot, but after news broke this morning of an alleged PED distribution clinic that serviced big name athletes like Alex Rodrgiuez, Gio Gonzalez, Melky Cabrera, and Nelson Cruz, the New York Yankees may try to find a loop hole that allows them to void the $114 million remaining on Rodriguez's contract. The probability of this is slim, but it's not surprising that New York is looking for a way out.
Andrew Marchand and Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York covered the story yesterday afternoon. They say the Yankees will look to explore multiple avenues to void Rodriguez's contract if MLB takes disciplinary action against the third baseman. Of course, there is a chance that no disciplinary action will be taken as Rodriguez has not failed a drug test. He has, though, been linked to a clinic that has reportedly been providing him with performance-enhancing drugs. That may be all the league needs.
The news comes as Rodriguez is focusing on rehabbing his hip after surgery. Rodriguez underwent hip surgery on January 16th and is expected to miss at least the first part of the season. There is a chance he could miss the entire season because of the injury. Despite the fact that Rodriguez would start the season on the DL, Major League Baseball could suspend the All-Star slugger, and the Yankees could try to find a way out of paying the remaining $114 million left on Rodriguez's contract.
New York has long been wanting to find a way out of the massive contract they signed Rodriguez to when he was 32 years old. They have since learned how bad the contract was - essentially admitting that it is now a sunk cost unless they can void it. The team will struggle to get the contract voided as there is no specific precedent or grounds to do so.
The report that surfaced yesterday morning indicates numerous players involved in receiving drugs from a Miami clinic run by notorious PED distributors. The news is troubling considering the perceived strides Major League Baseball has made in ridding the game of PEDs.