Yankees exec won’t commit to A-Rod finishing his contract in Pinstripes

The Yankees re-signed Alex Rodriguez to a huge 10-year, $275 million deal in the offseason after 2007 with the idea that he would lead them to a World Series. He did that, but he also has been on such a steep decline that it’s hard to imagine him ever being the guy to do it again. In honesty, with five years left on his contract after this season it makes it hard to imagine him even finishing out his contract.

Apparently it’s hard for the Yankees president Randy Levine to imagine too. He wouldn’t commit to the idea that A-Rod will finish his 10-year contract with the Yankees.

“That’s like one of those questions: Where’s the stock market going to be in 2017, who’s going to be president on Nov. 15?” Levine said Sunday while on the Ian O’Connor show on ESPN Radio. “If I had crystal ball to predict all of that stuff, I’d be a lot smarter than I am. I’m not going to go there. That’s stuff for people to speculate on your show and elsewhere, but it’s irresponsible for me to do so.”

That’s quite a statement, or in this case a non-statement. But Levine is probably being honest. A-Rod won the MVP in 2007 and since then his OPS has dropped from 1.067 to .783. It’s one thing to adjust expectations as he ages, but it’s another to expect him to not decline even further over the next five years. At a certain point he will become a major liability.

Now if only somebody wasn’t so stupid as to sign him to that ridiculous contract in the first place. Who was that again? Hank Steinbrenner and Randy Levine.

A-Rod is owed $118 million over the next five years including the remainder of his signing bonus. He also has an agreement where he will be paid $6 million each time he reaches 660, 714, 755, and 763 home runs. At this point it seems unlikely he has a chance to reach 755 homers.

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2 Responses to Yankees exec won’t commit to A-Rod finishing his contract in Pinstripes

  1. Tanned Tom says:

    Yeah well, "brains up his butt" Levine was the team exec who collaborated with "no brains at all" Hank Steinbrenner on this absurd contract in the first place. Levine should be fired.
    A-Rod will need to be made a part time player as a way to force his hand to waive his no trade clause. Then I can see him being traded to the Angles straight up for, ahem, Vernon Wells. A-Roid has some value at $119 mil, but Wells virtually none at $50 mil. The Angels should love to rid themselves of Wells and do need a 3Ber. Wells can be the 4th OF here, after all he can't be too much worse than Andruw Jones, and it's only for 2 years.
    It's either that or eating most of the the salary, and with Swisher leaving and Granderson sucking we might actually be able to use Wells.

  2. Will balls says:

    Wells. First off the angels have a third sacker in trumbo which is really his second position. The angels would never ever take another contract like that. The best you can hope for is keeping him one more year and trading his 100 million four years left by eating 70 million, lol and trade to reds or team on cusp of winning it all.
    Ain't gonna happen. We are stuck with this shot deal.

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