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.