New York Yankees: What does A-Rod have left in the tank?
This may not be the most important question facing the Yankees, but it will undoubtedly receive the most attention. Alex Rodriguez returns to the Yankees off a 212 game suspension for PED use. He has not played professional baseball in nearly two years, and will turn 40 halfway through the season. It was not long ago that A-Rod was seen as the heir apparent to Barry Bonds as the all-time home run king. Now, he seems destined to end his career in embarrassment thanks to his own decisions and dishonesty.
The Yankees still owe Rodriguez $64 million over the next three years. It appears highly unlikely they will get anywhere near that level of value from Rodriguez. Repeated hip injuries have sapped A-Rod of his ability to play in the field, and he will be relegated to the role of DH. It remains to be seen whether he can still hit Major League pitching, a prerequisite for a designated hitter. His decline seemed imminent even before the lengthiest suspension in baseball history.
Nevertheless, Rodriguez will stay in the news, and keep eyeballs on the Yankees.