Damn. SMH. Is this the beginning of the end for Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees?! According to sources, it just might be.
Report after the jump…
According to Wallace Matthews and Andrew Marchand at ESPNNewYork.com:
The New York Yankees are exploring multiple avenues in an attempt to void their contract with Alex Rodriguez based on new allegations of illegal performance-enhancing drug use reported by a Miami newspaper, but the odds may be against their ability to do it.
According to several baseball sources who spoke to ESPNNewYork.com on the condition of anonymity, Rodriguez may be in little danger of having his contract voided, even if the charges turn out to be true.
Still, if Major League Baseball finds cause to discipline Rodriguez based on allegations made in a 5,400-word story published by The Miami New Times, the Yankees will try to find an escape hatch from their remaining five-year, $114 million obligation to the three-time American League MVP.
If nothing else, it illustrates how deep a rift has developed between the Yankees and Rodriguez, who has won two MVP’s as a Yankee and whose play was instrumental in their 2009 World Series championship.
According to an industry source, 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 a Miami “wellness 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.
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