Re: Happy Trails Arod
posted at 7/16/2013 3:40 PM EDT
In response to slomag's comment:
In response to ThatWasMe's comment:
I'm not a lawyer but I do know a little about contracts, and that his situation is uncharted waters.
This isn't a case of a player for example Vernon Wells who plays clean and shows up every day but hasn't produced, hasn't lived up to the "expectations" of the team despite his enormous contract. No climbing out from under that one they will have to rip the jersey off his back, he is staying put until the last paycheck.
Arod on the other hand has cheated by taking PEDS violating one of the basic rules of the game. And apparently it isn't an isolated incident.
If suspended for ped use for say 150 games it isn't what the Yankees signed up for.
This isn't what a ballplayer is paid 25 mil a year for. The Yankees did not know of this behavior going in. Furthermore if there is proof he was cheating when he signed the contract basically defrauding the Yankees..
He was given that kind of money to bring fans in not repulse them by being a steroid cheat involved in endless scandal.
And if it is proved he has been lying right along with material evidence from the Miami investigation there is some wiggle room there.
I see where if this gets ugly that Arod as Bob suggested Arod will walk away from the game.
I don't think that's going to fly - you can't currently void a guy's contract due to PED use, and I can't imagine the player's association losing that fight. I believe the Yankees are off the hook for the time he is actually serving his suspension, but when it's over, unless ARod retires, I think the Yankees have to pay him the remainder. I don't think this changes the luxury tax scenario at all.
If he's medically unfit to play, the Yankees are still on the hook. He has to be able to play, and retire of his own will, and I think he's got too much ego to do that, especially if there's a shot at the HR crown (as it were).
God another blog lawyer.
Hope springs eternal.
And who said you can't void a contract because a player you gave 25 mil a year is suspended indefinitely for cheating with steroids?
Bud was Letterman last night and it sure didn't sound good.
Do you actually think the yankees won't have pretty decent lawyers to test your theory?
From listening to Bud it sounds like there could be some life time bans coming.
Not just casual use of the stuff this is pretty deep.