The New York Yankees did everything they could (without legally breaking the rules – or maybe they did) to keep Alex Rodriguez off of the field this year.
It didn’t work.
So not only are they stuck paying Rodriguez’s absurd salary (at least right now), they’re also going to be on the wrong end of $6 million dollars when A-Rod hits his 660th home run.
As part of his contractual clause, Rodriguez is due a $6 million dollar bonus when he reaches the milestone. A-Rod cranked his 651st last night against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Per the New York Daily News:
Even his 650th homer was a quiet milestone Monday night. He did not stick around to talk about it, and it was not chronicled as some significant accomplishment. After Tuesday’s homer, he’s only nine away from tying the revered Willie Mays and cashing in on a fat $6 million bonus from the Yankees.
With just over a month left, that would require A-Rod to club out nine round trippers in 31 games.
Currently, since his return, Rodriguez has four in 20 games, though, three of them have come in the past nine games.
It’s likely he’ll fall just a few bombs shy of hitting the milestone this season, something the Yankees are praying for.