Orioles’ Showalter thinks A-Rod suspension would help the Yankees
Alex Rodriguez, who was just recently involved in the MLB’s latest drug allegations, was expected to receive a suspension that could greatly benefit the Yankees in the near future. In the eyes of Baltimore Orioles’ Buck Showalter, a lengthy ban to Alex Rodriguez means that Orioles’ catcher Matt Wieters could be playing for the Yankees within the next two years. If A-Rod received a year-long suspension it would relieve the Yankees from having to pay his $25 million salary, which would set them under the $189 million dollar luxury tax and open doors for Wieters to move to New York.
With the Yankees still owing A-Rod $86 million dollars over the next 4-years, Showalter discussed with USA Today Sports that it’s discriminatory to the rest of the MLB if the Yankees are able to prosper financially because of the suspension of Rodriguez. Showalter told USA Today that “if they can reset, they can spend again, and I guarantee you in two years Matt Wieters is in New York.”
With Wieters becoming an eligible free agent after the 2015 season, he becomes a major target by plenty of teams in the MLB. After only playing in his fifth major-league season, the 27-year-old is already batting .239 with 14 home runs and 49 RBIs. Showalter becoming furious that the Yankees may get away with their A-Rod scandals is fearing that his all-star catcher will be gone. Although the former Yankees manager believes that the Yankees should be penalized and not rewarded for the likely suspension of Alex Rodriguez, it is suspected that the Yankees will still prosper even after losing their star player.