New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will retire from baseball when his contract expires following the 2017 season, according to a report from ESPN.
A-Rod told me today that he will retire after next season. https://t.co/pFicg1jYFN
— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) March 23, 2016
2017 will mark Rodriguez’s 23rd season in the majors. In the time span, he’s racked up 687 home runs (fourth-most in baseball history), 14 All-Star appearances, three MVP awards and a World Series victory with the Yankees in 2009.
In addition to playing for the Yankees, Rodriguez has also spent time with the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers.
Rodriguez has often been among the highest paid players in baseball. He signed an unprecedented 10-year, $252 million contract in 2000, and is currently on the final two years of a 10-year, $275 million contract signed in 2008.
Despite his gaudy numbers, “A-Rod’s” legacy has been clouded by steroids. Rodriguez was suspended for the entire 2014 season for violating the MLB’s Performance Enhancing Drug policy.
Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.