Alex Rodriguez Contract: Termination Awaits as Suspension Looms?

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Jul 10, 2013 11:39 AM EDT
Alex Rodriguez Contract
Home plate umpire Ryan Additon (R) calls time as Tampa Yankees' Alex Rodriguez grimaces after he was hit by a pitch during the fifth inning of a Single A baseball game with the Brevard County Manatees in Melbourne, Florida, July 6, 2013. REUTERS/Steve Nesius "

Alex Rodriguez has three things to worry about: getting hits during his minor league stint, the Biogenesis scandal and due to the allegations, losing all his money. What?! $114 million down the drain? Yes, it could happen as the three-time MVP faces a potential 100 game suspension, which would cause him to forfeit all the money remaining in his five-year deal with the New York Yankees.

Many have debated whether Rodriguez should retire. Right now, retirement would benefit him from both a financial and medical standpoint as the Yankees' third baseman underwent a second hip surgery in January. The Daily News' reported the following on Tuesday, "Once Rodriguez is retired, he would still receive the full amount of his contract; if he is suspended before he retires, he would lose his salary."

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The ones more concerned about Rodriguez's deal are probably his representatives who, as the Daily News confirms, "accelerated the timetable for his return" from July 1 to June 26. Why? Because the representatives had a hunch that MLB will eventually seek the truth and Rodriguez will be in trouble, which would cause them to miss out on the dough.

Their hunch was correct as Bud Selig and MLB are preparing to interview Rodriguez on Friday, July 12. Ryan Braun already went through the process and refused to answer any questions regarding the Biogenesis matter, which is one of the greatest steroid scandals in the history of baseball.

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Commissioner Selig really wants to suspend these players associated with the scandal. More importantly, he wants to get after Braun and Rodriguez because they have been linked to steroids and performance enhancement drugs in the past. If found guilty, Selig finds a 100-game suspension appropriate because Braun and Rodriguez would have been lying to the league throughout this whole process.

It would be a huge win for MLB as they continue to track down on dopers, especially considering the recent case against Roger Clemens, which they spent years developing, only to see him walk away free.

For Rodriguez, well, he'd forever be remembered as a bad guy. His baseball numbers will go down the drain and he'll forever go down as one of the most talented cheaters in the history of the game. As far as his financial state, he can continue flipping mansions into multi-million dollar projects.

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