Yankees using PED issue to wiggle out of A-Rod’s contract
Bronx, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The New York Yankees are seeking to void Alex Rodriguez’s contract based on doping allegations.
He has five years and $114 million remaining on his 10-year, $275 million contract.
Rodriguez is under investigation by the MLB after a the Miami New Times claimed there were evidence of his transactions with Miami nutritionist Anthony Bosch on performance enhancing drugs.
According to the paper, Rodriguez’s name appeared in Bosch’s records 16 times as the recipient of human growth hormone and other PEDs banned by MLB.
Rodriguez denied the authenticity of the evidence through a spokesperson.
Even if the allegations were proven, the Yankees would not be able to impose a punishment greater than the mandatory 50-game suspension stipulated for a first-time offender by baseball’s collectively bargained Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Section 7, paragraph M of the agreement states, “No Club may take any disciplinary or adverse action against a Player (including, but not limited to, a fine, suspension, or any adverse action pursuant to a Uniform Player’s Contract) because of a Player’s violation of the Program.”
Rodriguez was not disciplined by MLB in 2009 after his admission to PED use from 2001 to 2003 and never has failed an MLB-administered drug test, which means that under the rules, he would receive a 50-game suspension as a first-time offender.
The Yankees continued to honor Rodriguez’s contract extension after his public admissions of PED use.