NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez on Wednesday told ESPN he plans to soon retire from the New York Yankees.
ESPN reports Rodriguez will end his 20-year career at the end of the 2017 season. Rodriguez told the outlet “it is time for me to go home and be a dad” to his two daughters.
The 40-year-old slugger enjoyed a resurgent year in 2015 as a designated hitter after sitting out all last season while serving a drug suspension. Last June, he homered for his 3,000th career hit, becoming the 29th major league player to reach the milestone.
In February 2009, Rodriguez admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs from 2001 to 2003 while playing for the Texas Rangers.
In August 2013, Major League Baseball suspended Rodriguez for 211 regular-season games through the 2014 season. Twelve other players accepted 50-game suspensions without pay for their ties to the scandal.
Rodriguez’s retirement will coincide will the end of his 10-year contract with the Yankees worth $275 million, according to ESPN.
The Associated Press and CNN contributed to this report.