It all hit a wall for Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees after the 2010 season.
While relations between the organization and A-Rod began to sour in 2010, his play up until 2011 still garnered him some support. But those days are long gone.
The 37-year-old, who is signed through the 2017 season, is due $114 million before his contract is up. But he's played at a mediocre level the past two seasons and he could miss the entire 2013 campaign after having surgery on his left hip in January, according to CBS New York.
Don't expect Rodriguez to retire to ease the burden for the Yankees, either. He's not planning on retiring anytime soon, via ESPN.
In the past two years, A-Rod has averaged 17 home runs, 59.5 RBI and 70.5 runs while batting .274. That's despite posting at least 30 home runs and 100 RBI in each of his first seven seasons with the Yankees and holding a career .300 average.
Rodriguez also hasn't played a full season since the 2007 campaign, playing in fewer than 140 games in each of his last five years in New York.
To top it all off, A-Rod's admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs during his career and a recent report by the Miami New Times connects him to PEDs after he said he quit using them.
Will the Yankees end up releasing A-Rod?
The Yankees have responded by looking into different ways to void the former slugger's contract, per ESPN, but that authority is held solely by the commissioner's office, as Fox News Latino points out.
On the other hand, there is the possibility of insurance accounting for $85 million of the $114 million remaining on Rodriguez's contract, as the Fox News Latino report notes. That has some wondering if the Yankees will simply release the 14-time All-Star.
What a mess.
You probably could have seen the writing on the wall when the Yankees inked A-Rod to a 10-year, $275 million deal after the 2007 season. It was only logical that Rodriguez would slow down in his late 30s and that time has come.
But the back-and-forth between the organization and Rodriguez has made it worse. So has the non-stop barrage of condemning reports fit to make a PR department go insane. You add in the fact that the Yankees play baseball in bustling New York City and it's the perfect storm.
If the Yankees can indeed relieve themselves of some of the burden of A-Rod's contract, I wouldn't be surprised if he's let go. It's gotten that bad for the man who used to be labeled baseball's best player.
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