That’s just a tease from a big, big, huge, giant article in New York Magazine about Alex Rodriguez and his battle with Major League Baseball. Nowhere in there does it ever get to why we should believe him, but along the way there are all kinds of those interesting A-Rod details that, for some reason, a lot of people just can’t get enough of.
For my part: who needs to believe A-Rod? I don’t. Nor do I think it matters. Even if he was lying through his teeth and took all manner of illegal supplements over the past years, the point is that a player shouldn’t get a 211-game suspension as first-time punishment under a drug program that mandates 50 games for a first offense. Even if the player is an ass no one much likes.
Crazy, I know, but it’s amazing what people think is fair based on whether or not you’re popular.
Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.
Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.
The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.
If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.