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Like it or not, it looks like Alex Rodriguez is going to force his way back into baseball after receiving his controversial one-year suspension for his role in the Biogenesis scandal.
I’ll tell you one thing — I bet the Yankees aren’t too thrilled to have the 39-year-old back in uniform, and I’d put a wager in now if it was available for MLB betting on William Hill. I mean, New York made it clear they want to move on and paid Chase Headley $52 million over four years to man A-Rod’s old position of third base.
A-Rod, to his credit, sought to have a meeting with team officials this week to clear the air. During that meeting, Rodriguez apologized to owner Hal Steinbrenner, team president Randy Levine and general manager Brian Cashman for his role in the Biogenesis situation. Rodriguez already has been connected to PED use, having come clean for that in 2009.
The Yankees and Rodriguez released a joint statement this week about the meeting:
“Today we held a meeting at Yankee Stadium between Hal Steinbrenner, Randy Levine, Brian Cashman, Jean Afterman, Alex Rodriguez and Jim Sharp. Alex initiated the meeting and apologized to the organization for his actions over the past several years.
“There was an honest and frank discussion on all of the issues. As far as the Yankees are concerned, the next step is to play baseball in spring training.”
Hal Steinbrenner reportedly told A-Rod he would like the slugger to clear the air with the media before pitchers and catchers report next week for spring training, but would prefer he do it at Yankee Stadium and not in Tampa. An ESPN report said Rodriguez was amenable to the idea, but a date, time and location for the possible press conference has yet to be set.
The Yankees owe Rodriguez $61 million in base salary over the next three seasons. He could make an additional $30 million if he surpasses five home-run milestones, including tying Willie Mays’s 660 home-run mark. He currently has 654 career home runs.