Maybe by the latter years of Alex Rodriguez’s Yankees contract, they’ll be able to send him into space for treatment on his broken down body.
In an effort to heal his ailing knee and shoulder, the Yankees okayed A-Rod’s trip to Germany for what are being called “experimental” procedures by a doctor who had been referred to him by Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant.
You can read details of the doctor, the procedures and the Yankees due diligence before allowing it here in this NY Times story.
The issue to me is how A-Rod is falling apart and the Yankees decision to let him undergo what were recently unheard of healing techniques in an effort to get something out of their remaining and regretted investment in the player.
A-Rod won his second MVP as a Yankee in 2007 then infamously opted-out of his contract during the World Series; Hank Steinbrenner’s idiotic interference and decision to give A-Rod what he wanted with a $275 million contract is going to haunt the club in multiple ways for years to come.
They’re trying to get their payroll in line to adhere to the new luxury tax guidelines and that contract is an albatross that will prevent them from acquiring players in their primes that are going to help them more than a deteriorating and overpaid player nearing 40 and beyond.
He hasn’t played in more than 138 games since 2007 and last season, he played in 99; his body is failing him; and his production, while still good, isn’t going to be worth anything close to the $143 million on his deal through 2017.
Opposing clubs no longer fear him. He’s still a threat, but not an overriding concern.
Do you realize he was paid $31 million in 2011?
That he’s going to receive $29 million in 2012? $28 million in 2013?
That they’ll pay a player $61 million from ages 40-42?
And that he’s already in drastic physical and performance-related decline at age 36?
No one should be surprised that the Yankees okayed his trip to Germany, nor should they be surprised at the team letting him explore every avenue he can to stay on the field and provide something for that money; the main thing for the Yankees was that they wanted to make certain that whatever A-Rod was doing, it wasn’t going to violate MLB rules. As long as he’s not going to get in trouble and have it trickle down to the team, they’ll let him do what he wants to get healthy.
On the bright side, by the time the contract is in its waning, merciful days there might be a new procedure available…on Jupiter!
And at that point, I’m not sure the Yankees are going to be all that bothered if A-Rod boldly goes where no one has gone before for an experimental treatment and doesn’t come back.