Alex Rodriguez will be a member of the New York Yankees in 2015, having completed his suspension. However, the Yankees are reportedly not exploring the idea of releasing him, but rather benching him. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Yankees are going to make the most of all that remains on Rodriguez’s contract.
“Nobody here expects him to play third,” a club official told Passan. Another source added, “We’re not prepared just to let him go out and eat $61 million.”
Both the Yanks and Rodriguez do not have many more options. He could fill in for Mark Teixeira at first base, if he were to get injured. Rodriguez could also be used in a designated hitter role.
Rodriguez is set to resume his MLB career next spring after serving a 162-game suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis steroid scandal. A-Rod has appeared in just 44 games over the last two years and hasn’t played more than 130 contests since 2010 because of multiple injury issues.
Since making his debut for the Seattle Mariners on July 8, 1994, Rodriguez has put up career number of a .300 batting average, 654 home runs, 1,969 RBI’s, 2,939 hits, 322 stolen bases and 1,919 runs. He was also a first overall selection in the 1993 MLB Draft. A-Rod won a world series with the Yankees in 2009.
The Yankees can recover 80 percent of his salary if he gets injured or proves he is not healthy enough to play in games. They can recover the money through insurance. He’s due to make $21 million in 2015 and $20 million in each of the next two seasons.