ESPN The New York Yankees have announced that Alex Rodriguez will play his final game Friday, then assume a position as a special adviser and instructor with the team. Following Friday’s game, Rodriguez will be unconditionally released by the Yankees from his player contract in order to sign a contract to serve in his new role with the organization through Dec. 31, 2017. Rodriguez, 41, has won three MVPs and has made 14 All-Star teams during his 19 full seasons in the big leagues. He is fourth on the all-time home run list with 696, trailing leader Barry Bonds (762) by 66. “This is a tough day. I love this game and I love this team,” Rodriguez said, often choking up during Sunday’s news conference. “And today I’m saying goodbye.” According to Fox Sports, Rodriguez was told by the Yankees they wanted to release him. The Yankees, who are pushing to play younger players, are contractually obligated to pay Rodriguez the remainder of his $21 million salary for this season and the $21 million he is owed for 2017, the final season of a 10-year, $275 million contract that was the baseball’s largest when he signed it.
This is a strange ending to the career of one of the greatest players of all-time Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees told him that he was not going to play anymore due to the team’s move towards a youth movement, but A-Rod was not going away because the team owes him $21 million in 2017. The two sides reached a compromise, A-Rod’s last MLB game will be on Friday, and he will then be named a special adviser to the team so he can earn the big bucks which he is still owed. A-Rod will get every dime of the $6 million the Yankees owe him in 2016, and every dime of the $21 million the Yankees owe him in 2017, while dishing out occasional advice from his Florida mansion. It’s a strange end to a wonderful but tainted career, and a weird goodbye to an enigmatic superstar, but A-Rod is now cashing those big checks for minimal to no effort: