Much-maligned New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez said he wants to stay with the Yankees, according to the New York Post. The statement came during Rodriguez's first public comments since his name surfaced in the leaked Biogenesis records.
“I am conducting two rehab sessions each and every day in an effort to get back on the field and rejoin my Yankees teammates,” Rodriguez said through a spokesman. “I think we have a great team and I want to be a part of it.”
The Yankees were reportedly trying to come up with a way to void Rodriguez's contract when his name was first linked to Biogenesis. He's reportedly going to be out until at least the middle of the season after surgery last month to repair a torn labrum in his hip, and that injury that may doom the Yankees season, even with Kevin Youkilis in the fold with the Yankees.
I'm sure the reaction from Yankees fans will be largely negative due to the venom spit at Rodriguez on a seemingly daily basis from not just that fanbase, but from the majority of baseball fans. He hasn't logged 600 plate appearances in a season since 2007, when he was 32, and his productivity has fallen in each prior year as his health has also deteriorated.