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Alex Rodriguez was careful not to close the door on the possibility of someday playing for another team after he leaves the Yankees later this week.

In a stunning development, the Yankees announced Sunday morning that Alex Rodriguez will play his last game Friday, then be unconditionally released and join the team's front office.

In addition, A-Rod gets to maintain a relationship with the organization, which he desperately wants for years to come, in a role the Yankees are calling a "special advisor and instructor, " mostly working with young players.

Rodriguez's 22-year career has been stained by the use of performance-enhancing substances.

"Today is a tough day", said the 41 year-old, Rodriguez.

The 14-year All Star broke into the big leagues on July 8, 1994 as an 18-year-old.

"I don't think the conversation got that strong or aggressive, they didn't need to", Rodriguez said. "Based on listening to both of them, I don't think it would be a forced situation". "That wasn't in the cards". That was the Yankees' decision.

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The club, outside the team, is probably the biggest club I've ever played in. "The only one I can compare it to is Milan". The Chelsea boss played down the incident, explaining he needed to replace 28-year-old Mata to "stop the game".

Demand for an otherwise nondescript battle of the also-ran Bombers and Tampa Bay Rays on Friday shot through the roof after A-Rod announced Sunday he would hang it up after Friday's game.

"We all want to keep playing forever, but it doesn't work that way".

Just four home runs shy of the elusive 700 number, Rodriguez won't be reaching that milestone, no matter how tarnished the number is.

And the daily coverage - about whether the Yankees should cut Rodriguez and eat the remainder of his contract, which called for some $27 million in salary through 2017 - was weighing on owner Hal Steinbrenner, who had to make the final call.

"After spending several days discussing this plan with Alex, I am pleased that he will remain a part of our organization moving forward and transition into a role in which I know he can flourish", said Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner.

Spurning the chance to mentor the Yankees' young players, an assignment he has spoken of as nearly a divine calling for him, in order to pursue an individual goal with, say, the Miami Marlins, would reveal all of that as a sham. Rodriguez confirmed Sunday that Steinbrenner started up retirement talks last week. "He always has been", Cashman said of Rodriguez. "I think I can help out in the clubhouse", he added, "but if not, I have two handsome daughters waiting for me in Miami".

Rodriguez helped the Yankees win the 2009 World Series but had been in repeated controversy since he arrived ahead of the 2004 season in a trade with Texas.

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It will say that a numerical goal - already tainted by not one, but two admissions of using performance-enhancing drugs - is more important to him than a carefully nurtured but still fragile image.

Last season, Rodriguez hit his way back into the hardened hearts of Yankees fans who always found him a poor second choice to the beloved Derek Jeter, and he has slowly but surely worked his way back into the good graces of Major League Baseball and commissioner Rob Manfred, the man who, as former commissioner Bud Selig's attack dog, doggedly prosecuted him in the Biogenesis investigation.

"He had his ups and downs like many of us, only his life was on center stage", said Rich Hofman, Rodriguez's coach at Westminster Christian from 1991-93.

A-Rod made a successful return previous year, when the Yankees made him a fulltime DH, but his offense slid late in the season and hit.224 from September 1 on. The milestone was part of a renaissance year for Alex in 2015, in which he hit 33 home runs, drove in 86 runs and led the Yankees to their first playoff appearance since 2012.

Rodriguez has just two home runs since June 3, leaving his career total at 696.

The first overall pick in the 1993 MLB draft, Rodriguez was signed straight out of his Miami high school and began his major league career the following year - at age 18 - as a shortstop with the Seattle Mariners. The team struggled with A-Rod, and Texas traded him to the Boston Red Sox in 2003.

A-Rod opted out of the contract after the 2007 season, became a free agent and signed his $275 million deal with the Yankees.

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Williams is also the owner of four Olympic gold medals, winning one singles title to go along with her three doubles titles. The American legends had won gold in 2000, 2008 and 2012; they did not participate in the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Alex Rodriguez announced Sunday he's retiring from baseball, ending a 22-year career. That job will be intact until December 31, 2017.

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