Alex Rodriguez will make more money this season than the entire payroll of the Houston Astros, and the two figures are not even close. It’s certainly not encouraging news for Yankees fans, who may not see their All Star third baseman play more than half of the season, if at all, while he recovers from hip surgery.
Rodriguez, who will be paid $29 million, is the highest paid player in the MLB for the 13th straight season. Meanwhile, the Astros have shaved their payroll to $25 million.
“No one expects us to do well,” Astros pitcher Lucas Harrell told the Associated Press. “So when we do well, it’s going to be kind of like, `Oh, wow.’ I definitely think we have a chance to shock a lot of people this year.”
In New York, the cash-stacked Yankees will be limping into the regular season this year, as A-Rod joins a disabled list that currently includes Curtis Granderson, Phil Hughes, Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter.