Rodriguez, Yankees aim for peaceful coexistence

Thu Apr 2, 2015 5:10pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lies, cover-ups, and cheating seemed destined to lead to a messy divorce between Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees, but the warring parties are heading into the 2015 season hoping for peaceful coexistence.

Rodriguez, still owed $61 million from a record 10-year $270 million renewal with the Yankees, sued the Yankees, team doctors, Major League Baseball and the Players Association in 2013 before accepting a one-year doping ban.

After missing the playoffs the last two years, the Yankees desperately need some hitting from A-Rod, who has been a model citizen during spring training, batting over .300 with three homers and no complaints.

The Yanks had felt betrayed by Rodriguez after lavishing riches upon him as the man on track to become baseball's clean Home Run King only to learn later of doping escapades by the slugger, dubbed by the tabloids as "A-Fraud."

Well known divorce lawyer Raoul Felder said you often see battling partners carry on together for their mutual benefit.

"Sometimes the president and his wife have a business arrangement, as Clinton has," Felder told Reuters in a telephone interview. "It's not a marriage, it's a political marriage, so to speak. Sure, it happens a lot of times."

Turning 40 in July and playing on surgically repaired hips, the bar is set relatively low for the third baseman, who has hit 654 career home runs to stand fifth on the all-time list 108 behind Barry Bonds and has three years left on his deal.

Rodriguez, thanks to baseball's guaranteed contracts, will get his money regardless and the Yankees hope they will get some useful on-field contribution from him since no one would ever assume such a costly contract in trade.   Continued...

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (13) celebrates with teammates in the dugout after scoring during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports