Yankees would have to pay hefty price to drop A-Rod

It seems like a long time ago that I was selecting Alex Rodriguez as my No. 1 overall pick for my fantasy baseball team.

It seems like a long time ago, because it was a long time ago.

I do not remember A-Rod going No. 1 since I was in grade school.

Not a lot of people expected Rodriguez’s production to decline so much late in his career. The Yankees management certainly did not predict it.

The third baseman still has over $100 million left on his contract. Seeing how he could not hit in the playoffs, it might be time for the Steinbrenner heave-ho out of town.

But not a single team in its right mind is going to pick up a $100 million contract for a dwindling star. So the Yankees are probably going to absorb about $80 million of that contract.

That means they are going to pay Rodriguez $80 million just so he can never wear the pinstripes again.

These kinds of sports stories always make me stop in my tracks.

Me, personally, I would love to make one — just one — million dollars in my lifetime. A-Rod is going to make $80 million by not doing anything.