Posted January 29, 2013

Report: Yankees looking for ways to void Alex Rodriguez’s contract

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Alex Rodriguez has denied a recent report linking him to PEDs. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Alex Rodriguez has denied a recent report linking him to PEDs. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Yankees are exploring legal remedies to void their contract with Alex Rodriguez after new allegations of illegal performance-enhancing drug use, according to ESPNNewYork.com.

According to several baseball sources who spoke to ESPNNewYork.com on the condition of anonymity, the Yankees may be hard-pressed to void Rodriguez’s contract — with five years, $114 million remaining — even if the charges made in a story by the Miami New Times are true. No Major League Baseball contract has ever been voided by PEDs use.

The three-time American League Most Valuable Player is one of six  MLB players reportedly linked to a Miami-area “wellness clinic” that allegedly distributed performance-enhancing drugs and set players up with detailed doping regimens.

According to an industry source in ESPN.com’s report, the Yankees “are looking at about 20 different things,” including whether Rodriguez breached the contract by taking medical treatment from an outside doctor without the team’s authorization, and the possibility that he may have broken the law by purchasing controlled substances from the clinic run by nutritionist Anthony Bosch.

“(The Yankees) can’t do anything until the MLB investigation is concluded and they take action, if any,” the source said.

On Tuesday, Rodriguez denied the report that alleges he purchased performance-enhancing drugs and human growth hormone from the clinic.


4 comments
roderiques5898
roderiques5898

And this surprises anybody? Given the chance they will all use or abuse if they think they can get away with it.

JerryBelle
JerryBelle

If efforts to void the contract face high hurdles then the Yankees should look to fine A-Rod for each and every infraction in the contract.  They'll save millions of dollars by fining him and they should not be barred by MLB from enforcing their contractual clauses with A-Rod.  If MLB truly wants to end the use of PEDs in baseball then hit the players in their pockets in addition to lengthier suspensions and quicker expulsions for repeat offender.

Betox
Betox

$114 million for the next 5 years? That deal looks better and better with time...

Mel
Mel

They should void his contract and send this dirtbag packing