For Alex Rodriguez, so much has changed in the past week. Allegations of steroid use have sullied his name once more. He finds himself targeted in a Major League Baseball investigation. There's been open speculation about him never wearing the Yankees uniform again.
Yet three essential points remain: Rodriguez is still recovering from a surgery on his left hip. He still intends to play this coming season. And the Yankees still owe him $114 million over the next five years. None of this is expected to change in the immediate future, as MLB conducts its fact-finding.
Rodriguez has no intentions to retire, and no intentions of severing his ties with the Yankees, according to a person with knowledge of Rodriguez's thought process. That person requested anonymity because he is not authorized to speak on personnel matters. Rodriguez fully intends to return by the All-Star break, after completing his necessary rehabilitation. "He wants to be out on the field this year," the person said.
An explosive investigation by the Miami New Times published on Tuesday outlined Rodriguez's alleged purchase of performance-enhancing drugs from 2009 to 2012 from Biogenesis, a Miami-based anti-aging clinic run by 49-year-old nutritionist Anthony Bosch.
Rodriguez has denied using performance-enhancing drugs during that time period in a statement he released Tuesday. He insists he was never Bosch's patient. His adamant stance suggests he is willing to fight any incoming charges.
Earlier this week, ESPN New York reported the team would explore attempting to void his contract. With Rodriguez entrenched, the Yankees face an uphill battle if they seek to cut ties with him right now. In the immediate future, there is little the organization can do.
Alex Rodriguez does not plan to retire, hopes to rejoin Yankees midseason
Newark Star-Ledger | Feb 1