After the Yankees released Alex Rodriguez last August, many people wondered whether another team would take a chance on him. Granted, the 41-year-old Rodriguez hit .200 with a .247 OBP and nine home runs in 65 games last season, but former stars have a way of finding roster spots in the twilight of their careers.
Rodriguez, however, didn’t sign with anyone, and, while he still has time to change his mind, he doesn’t appear interested in making a comeback.
Is it possible that Rodriguez will never pick up a bat again?
“This is a guy that hit the ground running when he did his analyst work for FOX Sports, and he can pretty much do anything he wants other than baseball,” MLB analyst Nelson Figueroa said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “I think it will eat at him a little bit once they get toward spring training and he’s four home runs shy of 700. I think that’s going to eat at him a little bit.”
Rodriguez has 696 home runs in his career. Only three players in MLB history have hit at least 700 home runs: Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).
“He can get that done in a month and then call it quits, just to get to that 700 plateau,” Figueroa said of Rodriguez. “But I’m not really sure. I think he respects the Yankees with everything that they’ve done for him and stood by him. I think he really respects what the Yankees have done for him, and if it takes another year after that, who knows? Sign with the Tampa Bay Rays. He’s down there in Florida anyway, he can stay indoors and DH, pop four home runs and then call it a career. I think that looks like a more likely scenario. I think he would honor the Yankees’ code, I would call it, and be that special advisor for the $25 million they are paying him.”