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Alex Rodriguez Preparing for 2015 Return for New York Yankees; Taking Grounders and Hitting Off Tee

August 17th, 2014 at 11:01 PM
By Mike Warsaw

Alex Rodriguez is already getting ready for a return next season for the New York Yankees. George King III of the New York Post reports that A-Rod has been working out at the University of Miami and at UCLA.

Rodriguez has been taking grounders at third base and hitting off a tee as he readies to make a return to the New York Yankees in 2015. Rodriguez has been working out in LA and Miami as he looks to comeback after a season long suspension from Major League Baseball for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.

Rodriguez will attempt to return after missing the entire season and the question will be, how much does he have left at age 39. According to King III, A-Rod has been active in the field but has yet to face live pitching. Rodriguez is preparing to play third upon his return, which is evident by the fact that he is taking grounders at the hot corner. As A-Rod preps for third base, the Yankees will have the option of playing him there or slotting him in the DH spot.

Although it's too early to speculate where A-Rod will play or how much, it is clear that Rodriguez plans to play for the Yankees next season. A-Rod still has three years and $61 million left on his contract and all signs point to him finishing his deal, even if it's as a DH. The big question is how A-Rod's body reacts to the full year layoff and the two hip surgeries he has undergone. The fact that he has been working out in the weight room and has been swinging the bat and fielding balls is all encouraging. Only time will tell what version of Rodriguez will be in pinstripes in 2015.

A-Rod currently has 654 home runs which puts him fifth on the All-Time list. He trails Willie Mays by only six homers. If he ties Mays at 660, Rodriguez will receive a $6 million bonus.

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