Troubled New York Yankees third basemen Alex Rodriguez was hit with a whopping 211-game suspension by Major League Baseball on Monday for his link to the Biogenesis clinc in South Florida.
The move came on the same day that Rodriguez was set to make his 2013 debut with the Yankees after spending the entire season on the disabled list due to a hip injury. Naturally, there has been plenty of talk of what this decision by MLB may mean for the Yankees and Rodriguez moving forward. Namely, how it effects the money Rodriguez is owed in his lucrative contract.
Rodriguez made headlines last Friday after playing in a rehab game in New Jersey by insinuating that the Yankees may not exactly want the controversial star to return. The reasoning he gave more or less involved money.
"There is more than one party that benefits from me not stepping on the field. It is not my teammates, it is not the Yankees. People have been trying to get creative trying to cancel my contract."
The Yankees fired back at those comments in a statement on Monday.
"We are compelled," the club said in a statement, "to address certain reckless and false allegations concerning the Yankees' role in this matter. The New York Yankees in no way instituted and/or assisted MLB in the direction of this investigation; or used the investigation as an attempt to avoid its responsibilities under a player contract; or did its medical staff fail to provide the appropriate standard of care to Alex Rodriguez.
For the record, Rodriguez plans to appeal his suspension, and is currently penciled in the starting lineup for New York's game in Chicago.
Via USA TODAY