By Ronald Blum | Associated Press
NEW YORK Alex Rodriguez was speaking on a conference call.
A huge debacle, he said. Distasteful.
That was on Dec. 13, 2007, when he re-signed with the New York Yankees and was discussing his decision 1 1/2 months earlier to become a free agent.
Now those words describe how some in the teams front office feel about A-Rods $275 million, 10-year contract.
Once considered a player who could shatter the career home run record, Rodriguez has transformed from All-Star to annoyance for some in the Yankees organization. He hasnt played a full season since he was voted his third AL MVP award in 2007, hes out for at least the first half of this year following hip surgery on Jan. 16 and now hes been accused of again receiving performance-enhancing drugs an allegation he denies.
Even before the charges were published Tuesday by the alternative weekly Miami New Times along with accusations against Melky Cabrera, Nelson Cruz, Gio Gonzalez, Bartolo Colon and Yasmani Grandal, some Yankees executives were wishing Rodriguez would just go away. Speaking on condition of anonymity because the team isnt publicly commenting on A-Rods latest troubles, they revealed their frustration with the slugger.