A-Rod released by Yankees, who owe him $27 million more

New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez gathers dirt from the field near third base in his final game as a Yankee, at Yankee Stadium in New York, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. He played part of the ninth inning at third base. The Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez (13) waves goodbye to fans after playing in his final baseball game as a Yankee against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium in New York, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. The Yankees won 6-3. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez was unconditionally released by the New York Yankees on Saturday, ending his 12 years in pinstripes and perhaps his big league career after 22 seasons.

New York's move leaves the team responsible for $27,103,825 remaining in his $275 million, 10-year contract. He is owed $7,103,825 of his $20 million salary for the final 65 days of this season and $20 million next year.

The 41-year-old designated hitter went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in his finale Friday night, a 6-3 win over Tampa Bay. He hit .200 with nine homers and 31 RBIs this season. He has 696 home runs, fourth on the career list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).

Rodriguez's career batting average is at .295. A 14-time All-Star and three-time AL MVP, A-Rod has 3,115 hits and his 2,086 RBIs are second to Aaron's 2,297 since RBIs became an official statistic. He was suspended for the 2014 season for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract.

Rodriguez's finale was seen by a season-high 368,000 viewers on the Yankees' YES Network, opposite the Olympics, a Mets-Padres game and the New York Giants' NFL preseason game. In addition, the game also was televised nationally on Fox, and YES is no longer available on Comcast.

Mariano Rivera's farewell in 2013 was seen by an average of 258,000 viewers on YES and Derek Jeter's in 2014 by an average of 1.25 million on YES, the most-viewed program ever on a regional sports network.

Must Read

A-Rod released by Yankees, who owe him $27...

Aug 13, 2016

Alex Rodriguez has been unconditionally released by the New York Yankees, ending his 12 years in...

Study finds women competitors dominate NBC's...

Aug 15, 2016

A study finds that nearly 59 percent of the prime-time Olympic competition shown so far on NBC...

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard settle divorce case

Aug 16, 2016

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard say they have settled their contentious divorce on Tuesday and the...

Amy Schumer opens book tour for essay collection

Aug 17, 2016

Actress and comedian Amy Schumer has launched the book tour for her collection of very personal...

As floodwaters recede, disbelief mixes with...

Aug 17, 2016

The smell of muddy water hung heavy in the air as people began sorting through waterlogged...

Sign up now!

About Us

In The Headline sought to bring professionalism back into journalism, bringing you only the most exclusive and the most impactive news from all over the globe.

Contact us: sales[at]intheheadline.com