Alex Rodriguez's retirement is being talked about already. As Rodriguez deals with another PED scandal and a second hip surgery, it's hard not to think that the veteran could be contemplating retiring from the game. With all the money left on his current contract, though, that might not be in the cards yet. According to a report from Yahoo! on Thursday (Jan. 31), the rumors are just that and Rodriguez does plan to play out the remaining five years on his contract.
The New York Yankees might be very happy if Rodriguez decided that rehabbing from a second hip surgery was going to be too much for him. With all the controversy he has brought with him to New York, Rodriguez seems to be dragging the organization down with him. Maybe that alone sparked the rumors that he would retire when the latest PED investigation had his name at the top of the list.
Last season, Rodriguez posted a .272 batting average to go along with 18 home runs and 57 RBIs. He had only 463 at-bats while dealing with injury and he ended up getting benched in the postseason for under-performing. His power numbers have dipped a lot and allegedly that could be a reason why he may have turned to PEDs again. If it turns out that he did and Major League Baseball can prove it, Rodriguez would face a possible 50-game suspension.
While Alex Rodriguez retirement talk might seem premature at this point, if he cannot return from his second hip surgery in a timely manner, the whispers are going to start up again. At that point, the New York Yankees might just bench him permanently.
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