This A-Rod saga is getting interesting. They’re saying the MLB allowed him to take steroids because his body was producing a low amount of testosterone… which incidentally is a direct result of taking steroids for long periods of time, but that’s beside the point. The point is, the MLB admitted to allowing him to legally take testosterone in 2007, which led to him hitting 54 HRs and getting a huge 275 million dollar contract from the Yankees. So in other words… if I’m the Yankees, I’m going to argue that I was fooled into offering a player a contract based on performance levels he couldn’t possibly sustain because the MLB revoked his “permission” to take testosterone right after he was signed. I’m obviously looking into my crystal ball on this one, but I think all indications are that the Yankees will have a solid case here to ditch his contract if they use that angle. You, the MLB, allowed him to achieve false production, to which we then offered him a contract based on that false production, therefore we were misled into a contract based on false premises.
The MLB is obviously going to try to cover their own ass and say they did it for “medical” or “therapeutic use exemption" purposes, and they’d be smart not to fight any such (above mentioned) claims by the Yankees, because that would be shooting themselves in the foot by putting themselves under the spotlight and the scrutiny of a court. Not only would that be bad publicity, but it could also backfire in a big way if testimony proves that they did it for (obvious) other reasons, or even open up the possibility of numerous other players blowing the whistle on them… so I can easily see this playing out where they just go along with it and void out his Yankee contract, which would mean we’d (thankfully) never see A-Rod in pinstripes again.
Again, I’m obviously speculating, but the Yankees would be fools not to pursue that angle, and the MLB would be fools to fight it to any serious degree because that would just inevitably incriminate themselves. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. Or, better yet, if it does play out like this… which teams, if any, will be foolish enough to offer him a contract next year when his suspension ends and he’ll be a 40 year old steroid-less unproductive has been who has burned his bridge with the Player’s Association. If this scenario does happen to unfold, never mind just the Yankees… his entire MLB career could be over.