Alex Rodriguez plans to retire after 2017 season
Yankees DH has 2 years remaining on current contract
Alex Rodriguez says he plans to retire from baseball after the 2017 season.
The New York Yankees slugger revealed his intentions Wednesday during an interview with ESPN. His plans were confirmed by spokesman Ron Berkowitz.
"I won't play after next year," the three-time AL MVP was quoted as saying by ESPN. "I've really enjoyed my time. For me, it is time for me to go home and be Dad."
Rodriguez is 75 homers shy of matching Barry Bonds' career record and likely would be unable to reach it unless he plays into 2018. Also ahead of him are Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755).
"He's going to be 42 at the end of his contract. You don't see players playing really past that age. I'm not surprised," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before Wednesday night's exhibition game against Washington.
But Girardi said this may not be Rodriguez's final decision.
"I think he's allowed to change his mind," the manager said. "With his love of playing the game and competing, if he had two really good years, I wouldn't be surprised if he changed his mind."