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Yankees Might Attempt To Void A-Rod's Contract Following Latest PED Link
Published January 30, 2013
CALLING THEIR SHOT? In N.Y., Thompson, O'Keeffe, Madden & McCarron cite a source as saying that the Yankees "might have had a better chance of getting out of Rodriguez’s contract in 2009 when he was outed as a steroid cheat and then admitted using PEDs." Unless there is "specific language in Rodriguez’s contract giving the Yankees void power if he comes up dirty for PEDs, they would likely have a tough time finding a way to get out from under the pact" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/30). In N.Y., Joel Sherman writes this is a "Hail Mary the Yankees will be happy to attempt." The Yankees "want to save as much money as possible, especially because they have eyes on getting under the $189 million luxury tax threshold next year." And the $27.5M they are "charged annually for A-Rod weighs down those efforts." A lawsuit to void the contract would be a "very difficult case to win." But maybe the "mere threat of more info arising from a court case would move Rodriguez to agree to a buyout" (N.Y. POST, 1/30).