x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

No surprise in Rodgriguez's unhappy union with the New York Yankees

The relationship, of course, has been deteriorating for years, some of it because Rodriguez has not been much of a post-season player. Mr October, he is not.

Alex Rodriguez's time at the New York Yankees has not been a successful one.
Alex Rodriguez's time at the New York Yankees has not been a successful one.

Hard to believe that someone would be cocky enough to opt out of a 10-year, US$252 million (Dh925.6m) contract after its seventh year, but Alex Rodriguez did that, in 2007.

Fortunately for him, he played for New York Yankees, the only team in the MLB rich enough, at the time, and cocky enough, to absorb a new 10-year, $275m contract that will end after the 2017 season, when "A-Rod" is 42.

So sad that the two parties are currently at odds. Not.

Poetic justice demands the two aristocrats see this whole thing through.

The relationship, of course, has been deteriorating for years, some of it because Rodriguez has not been much of a post-season player. Mr October, he is not.

He also has embarrassed the team. An confessed former steroid user, Rodriguez is among a new group of players linked to performance-enhancing drugs in the ongoing Biogenesis lab scandal.

Plus, injuries have turned him into a lesser force in recent years; a baulky hip has kept him from playing this season. Now that he claims he is almost healed, the Yankees, allegedly, are disappointed. Reports citing unnamed sources say the Yanks wanted to collect on insurance polices covering his salary, instead of having him back on the field.

Similar reports have claimed the team hopes a Biogenesis connection gets him suspended, so they can explore voiding his contract. One can only hope not. Through 2017, they deserve each other.

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