Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Yankees, Alex Rodriguez clear the air

The New York Yankees met with Alex Rodriguez Tuesday according to a joint press release from the team and the player.

The meeting was conducted at the request of the beleaguered third baseman as a means to air out the issues Rodriguez brought on through his involvement in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal and subsequent yearlong suspension.

The entire release is below.

JOINT STATEMENT FROM:

Hal Steinbrenner, New York Yankees Managing General Partner / Co-Chairperson
Randy Levine, New York Yankees President
Brian Cashman, New York Yankees Senior Vice President, General Manager
Jean Afterman, New York Yankees Senior Vice President, Assistant General Manager
Alex Rodriguez
Jim Sharp, Legal Counsel to Alex Rodriguez

"Today we held a meeting at Yankee Stadium between Hal Steinbrenner, Randy Levine, Brian Cashman, Jean Afterman, Alex Rodriguez and Jim Sharp. Alex initiated the meeting and apologized to the organization for his actions over the past several years.

"There was an honest and frank discussion on all of the issues. As far as the Yankees are concerned, the next step is to play baseball in spring training."

This is certainly good for Rodriguez as it allows him to head to Tampa with one less thing on this plate. It will be difficult enough for the 39-year-old to come back from one season completely away from the game combined with the fact that he is playing on surgically repaired hips.

It is also good for the Yankees in that they do not look like they are ignoring their player's wish to be apologetic. The Yankees are best served at this point to let Rodriguez try to work at getting back into baseball shape and help the team where possible. The club is still on the hook for over $60 million plus potential bonuses over the next three seasons.

Rodriguez figures to receive a bulk of his time as the team’s designated hitter, especially against left-handed pitching, and as an occasional replacement for starting third baseman Chase Headley.

Christopher Carelli is a freelance baseball writer and sports media strategist. Besides his work here, Christopher is a correspondent for FantasyPros, where he writes a weekly Closer Report column. His baseball commentary has also been published on Yahoo Sports, the FanSided network, Sportsideo and linked multiple times on MLB Trade Rumors’ Baseball Blogs Weigh In. He is a member of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America, the Baseball Bloggers Alliance and the BYB Hub.



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