Coming off his yearlong suspension, Alex Rodriguez is looking to clear the air with all parties involved in the Biogenesis scandal. After previously apologizing to Commissioner Rob Manfred, Rodriguez arranged a meeting with the Yankees. In his 90 minute meeting today with owner Hal Steinbrenner and team executives, Alex apologized for his conduct throughout the scandal. During his fight to appeal his suspension, A-Rod sued the league and team doctors and questions the Yankee’s honesty and integrity towards the situation. With this apology out of the way, the team is trying to convince Rodriguez to resolve this yearlong controversy prior to Feb 20th. Apologies might be the right thing to do, but whether he is genuinely sorry can be argued by the fact that this is a similar scenario to when he admitted using steroid with the Rangers.
The Yankees are still also looking for a way to not pay the home run bonuses in his contract. The team contends that since he has used PED’s throughout various part in his career, that the milestones have no value. Alex Rodriguez only needs 6 more homeruns to get a $6M bonus for tying Willie Mays for 4th in career homeruns. A-Rod has not played in a minimum of 120 games in back-to-back years since 2009 and 2010, so it is hard to predict what amount of value he will have for the Yankees for the remainder of his contract.