About a month ago after federal arbitrator Frederic Horowitz handed down his ruling and a reduced sentence of 162 games to New York Yankees third basemen Alex Rodriguez for his alleged role in Biogenesis, the 38-year-old star filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association to get the sentence overturned.
A month later, Rodriguez decided to drop the lawsuits against MLB and the MLBPA and accepted his suspension for the entire 2014 season. When Jorge Castillo of the Newark-Star Ledger talked to the MLBPA director and former Yankees first basemen Tony Clark about the lawsuit that he once called baseless, Clark said that was a done issue and he was over it.
"That page has been turned."
Clark was then asked if he expects the troubled Yankees slugger and his former teammate from the 2004 season to play in the 2015 season and, like many others, Clark expects A-Rod to play for the Yankees next season when his suspension is over.
“Our membership is our membership,” Clark said. “Alex is a member of the players association. He will serve the penalty he has been given by the arbitrator and he will come back to spring training ready to go wherever that happens to be. He’s under contract with the Yankees. I would expect him to be in camp with the Yankees. Am I concerned about anything beyond that? No.”
Rodriguez is still owed at least $61 million over the next three years, plus bonuses for every home run milestone he passes on the all-time list. By the time Rodriguez is done serving his suspension in 2014, he will be 39-years-old, but he will have had a full season to rest his body and all of the injuries he has suffered over the last two years; one of which was a torn labrum in his hip that required surgery in January of 2013 and didn't come off the disabled list until August 5; which was the same day he initially received the 211 game suspension from commissioner Bud Selig.
If Rodriguez does return to the Yankees, which again, many around baseball like Clark think he will, there's a good chance that the team shifts A-Rod from the third base position into a full-time designated hitter spot, especially since playing the field on a regular basis was a cause for the wear and tear on his body in his later years, but focusing solely as a hitter can keep him healthy and on the field in 2015 and beyond.
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