A-Rod’s career is not over. Just stop it.

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David Schoenfield is one of my favorite baseball writers, but I saw this in his latest post and just can’t agree:

The more I think about the report out of Miami, the more I think we’ve seen the last of Alex Rodriguez in a major league uniform.

Schoenfield is not the only one to say this today. Several writers — many who should probably know better — have declared A-Rod’s career over today.  And I simply do not see how we get from here to there via any reasonable path.

As I noted earlier today, the Yankees are not going to void A-Rod’s deal. If they try it won’t work so they probably won’t even try. That leaves A-Rod with five years and $114 million left on his contract. He’s not walking away from that.

What might happen? He may get suspended for 50 games, after which he would come back.  He may — if the Yankees simply get totally disgusted and hysterical about things — get released.  In which case 29 teams can have Alex Rodriguez’s services for the league minimum. Back to Schoenfield:

When he was on the field last year for the 122 games he played in the regular season, Rodriguez was still reasonably productive, hitting .272/.353/.430.

That, I think, is the alpha and omega here. It’s not anywhere close to being worth his contract, but it’s quite useful from someone making almost no money. He’s not some monumental flake like Manny Ramirez. If healthy, he even has some defensive value. Someone would take a chance on him. The only factor would be the strength of his hip, not his status as a media pariah.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.