Friday, June 20, 2014

Three up, three down. Alex Rodriguez on Friday announced that he has dropped his third and final lawsuit, this one against Yankees' team doctor, Chris Ahmad, and New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.

This lawsuit against Ahmad was the final of three, in which A-Rod also had suits out against the Yankees, Major League Baseball, Commissioner Bud Selig, and his own Players' Association.

A-Rod's plan is that by dropping this third lawsuit, he'll be able to continue patching things up between hand the Yankees in hopes of being able to return to action next season, following his 162 game suspension this year, which is something that A-Rod has been determined to do all along.

"All legal matters have been resolved and Alex looks forward on the field in 2015," Ron Berkowitz, a spokesperson for A-Rod, said on Friday. "Alex is working out and looking forward to 2015."

The Yankees, after 2014, will still owe A-Rod $61 million over the final three years of his contract. They have the option to essentially buy out the rest of his contract and forever rid themselves of him, or as one source put to ESPN New York's Andrew Marchand, "if he can still play," the Yankees will be prepared to take him back and see what he can do next season.

"He is under contract so you kind of expect him to be back," Yankees manager Joe Girardi old Marchand. "Obviously, sitting out a year, as players have seen, is not the easiest thing to do. You have to try to stay as prepared as you can, doing whatever it takes to stay prepared."

If you may remember, Yankees owner Hal Steibrenner said during the GM Meetings back in January that is still an "asset" to the team, and he didn't rule out the possibility of A-Rod playing for them against next season if here were healthy.

This, of course, is going to make spring training down in Florida next February and March far more hetic than anyone could have imagined a spring training to be, even more so than the Masahiro Tanaka circus this spring.

I have been one of the many people predicting that A-Rod has played his last Major League game, because I honestly don't believe that the Yankees think an almost 40-year-old Alex Rodriguez, coming off of a second hip surgery and having barley played at all in the last two years, will be in good enough shape to put up number at the plate anywhere close enough to justify giving him another shot.

But then again, nobody is able to say what is next when it comes to Alex Rodriguez.

Question: Would you like to see A-Rod on the field again? And do you think we will?


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