Report: Alex Rodriguez a ‘long shot’ to play in 2017
Ever since Alex Rodriguez played his last game for the New York Yankees organization last Friday, speculation has run rampant about his future. The debate over whether or not A-Rod has in fact played in his last game has been fueled partly by how he has never used the word “retire” or some variation of it in the days that followed.
Rodriguez’s publicist did put the kibosh on any notion of his client donning a Miami Marlins uniform this season, despite a multitude of reports suggesting either he was considering it and/or the team was interested.
Beyond this season, though, everything seemed up in the air. Fan Rag Sports Network’s Jon Heyman reports, however, that there’s virtually no chance A-Rod suits up for any team next season.
Heyman reports that Rodriguez told friends “I’m done” last weekend and adds there’s little reason not to believe him. The report also suggests that the Yankees have on qualms about A-Rod playing elsewhere, with a source evidently saying, “God bless him.”
Rodriguez is expected to step into a “special advisor” role with the Yankees next season, which makes sense given the organization still owes him $27 million despite releasing him from his contract.
Further, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner has stated the arrangement between the team and Rodriguez can be “flexible” in that the slugger could always return to the organization at a later date should he decide to play elsewhere next season.
Ultimately, as far as next season is concerned, no one knows what Rodriguez, 41, will do as spring training nears next season. There’s a good chance he doesn’t even know at this point. Maybe he’ll get the itch to play one last season, maybe not.
Perhaps more importantly, will any team come calling even if he sends out signals he wants to play? Given his age and tremendous struggles at the plate in 2016, that appears to be a long shot at best.