Photo: Alex Rodriguez Not Retiring
Despite the latest controversy surrounding New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, the infielder reportedly has no plans to leave his current team nor much less retire from baseball.
Amid speculation and rumors that he may walk away from the minimum $114 million that remains on his staggering contract or retire from the sport, sources with close personal ties to the ballplayer denied he was planning such a move.
Those sources told New York and national media outlets that Rodriguez, who is currently recovering from hip surgery and could miss the entire 2013 season, is working diligently on his rehabilitation with a view to getting on the field as soon as possible.
The 37-year-old’s contract with the Yankees runs until 2017 and could include an additional $30 million in incentive bonuses if he reaches several career home run milestones.
But a Miami New Times report this week that lists Rodriguez as one of the clients of Anthony Bosch, a “nutritionist” under investigation for alleged illegal distribution of human-growth hormone and other performance-enhancing drugs, has prompted a flood of rumors that he won’t be back with the iconic team.
The article published in that alternative weekly said records from the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in Miami suggest the slugger, who grew up in Miami, received PED doses as recently as the spring of 2012.
Rodriguez - currently fifth on the all-time home run list - admitted in 2009 that he used PEDs between 2001 and 2003 as a member of the Texas Rangers but he has denied the latest allegations and says he was never Bosch’s client.
The third baseman has won two AL Most Valuable Player awards as a member of the Yankees - in 2005 and 2007 - and was an integral part of the team’s most recent World Series title in 2009.
But his hip problems and dreadful playoff performance last October, when Rodriguez was struggling to find his form after a hand injury earlier in the season, have sent the team scrambling to part ways with the player.