A-Rod was suspended by Major League Baseball on Monday for 211 games for alleged violations of the sport’s policy on performance enhancing drugs.
If suspension is proven for the alleged violations, this thing can stretch across next year and even get pushed into the 2015 season.
The only good news for A-rod is that as long as he appeals the suspension, he will be regularly getting the paycheck.
According to an official of the player’s union, the appeal may continue to be processed sometime after the current season. This clearly means that this year’s salary is likely safe. Next year and 2015 are another story.
No matter what he will get the deal, which was signed by Yankees to owe A-Rod the final $3 million payment of a signing bonus he secured when he negotiated his 10-year contract several years ago.
If his suspension is approved he will surely lose $25 million, and he stands to be penalized for the entire amount. If his suspension is upheld for full 211-game, in 2015 he could possibly lose another $6.4 million.
A-Rod will turn 39 at the start of 2015, and it is uncertain that he would be able to come back after missing more than a full season. Adding to the problems is, a number of health problems, including hip surgery, have kept him from playing for the Yankees this year until his scheduled return Monday night.
A-rod is likely to collect minimum $54 million from whatever is owned on the rest of his contract. So even if his health ends his career after the suspension he will get the pending amount from his contract.