Yankees would have money to spend with Rodriguez out

Sat Jan 11, 2014 7:03pm EST
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Losing a 14-time All-Star for a season would usually be seen as a bad blow for a team, but in the case of Alex Rodriguez a lost season would mean a $25 million windfall for the New York Yankees.

That figure represents the 2014 salary for Rodriguez, who would forfeit the sum after Saturday's ruling by an independent arbitrator suspending Rodriguez for all of next season due to his involvement in the Biogenesis doping scandal.

The Yankees issued a terse statement saying they respected the ruling, but the front office of the Bronx Bombers could not be blamed for feeling a lift by the boost to their budget for the upcoming season.

Three successive injury-plagued seasons for Rodriguez, 38, produced severely diminished returns for the Yankees as the back end of a 10-year, $275 million deal given to Rodriguez after a 54-home run season in 2007 has been an economic disaster.

Last season, Rodriguez came back after a second hip surgery to hit seven home runs with 19 runs batted in and a .244 batting average as New York missed the postseason for the second time in 19 years.

The season before Rodriguez was limited to 18 home runs and 57 RBIs, following a 2011 campaign in which he hit 16 homers and 62 RBIs, again hampered by injuries.

Rodriguez was paid a total of $89 million for those three seasons of mediocre production.

An average 162-game season over the slugger's career produced 41 home runs, 124 RBIs and a .299 batting average.   Continued...

New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez celebrates his home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto in this August 26, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Mark Blinch/Files