On Friday, Alex Rodriguez had one lawsuit left still standing, a bit of an in-house one tied from his winter arbitration hearing that determined the 211, now 162 game suspension from the Biogenesis case.
That lawsuit, which was against the New York Yankees team doctor, Dr. Christopher Ahmad, for medical malpractice over his injured hip in October of 2012, was dropped and all of A-Rod's legal matters are now complete. The reasoning: A-Rod wanted to guarantee that he was playing in the 2015 season when his season-long suspension is over.
Through his spokesperson Ron Berkowitz, A-Rod said on Saturday that he will in fact play for the Yankees in 2015 and will attempt to comeback to the team and try to finish out the final three years of his 10-year, $275 million deal.
"All legal matters have been resolved. He has full intentions on playing in 2015," A-Rod spokesman Ron Berkowitz said Friday afternoon. (Reached on Thursday, Rodriguez said he is leaving the comments to Berkowitz for now.)
If A-Rod had attempted to come back while still pursuing a lawsuit against his employers, that could have gotten really ugly very quickly. But now that it's over, A-Rod can concentrate on baseball and being a member of the Yankees again. Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner already admitted that they weren't going to pay $61 million to buy out the remaining three years of his contract and said he will have to earn his salary, which he should do. A-Rod's still a baseball player who doesn't want his career to end on that sour of a note and as long as he's an active player, he should be allowed to go out on his own terms, not baseball's and not Bud Selig's.
Plus, as Jon Heyman from CBS Sports and WFAN wrote on Saturday, the Yankees will need his bat in the lineup and potentially, in the field when next season rolls around.
"The Yankees haven't said anything yet, but really, they have no choice but to let him back on the field. For one, their infield as it stands is thin, brittle and not too young, and the retirement of A-Rod's famed frenemy Derek Jeter, the amazing Yankees icon, clears a little extra space. For another, the Yankees don't have a starting third baseman lined up. Lastly, it would be financial idiocy to simply cut A-Rod. The Yankees stand to collect squat of the remaining $61 million if they don't at least let him give it a go. Whereas, if he can't physically make it, they may get back as much as 80-plus percent of the remaining monies via their big insurance policy."