NEW YORK (AP) -- Ready or not, Alex Rodriguez will play his final game in pinstripes this week.
One of the most prolific hitters and polarizing figures in baseball history, the slumping slugger plans to take his final turn at-bat with the New York Yankees on Friday night and then become a special adviser and instructor with the team next year.
A-Rod and the club made the announcement before Sunday's 3-2 victory over Cleveland.
"This is a tough day. I love this game and I love this team," he said, often choking up. "And today I'm saying goodbye to both."
The 41-year-old Rodriguez, who sat out the 2014 season while serving a performance-enhancing drug suspension, will play against Tampa Bay at Yankee Stadium and then be released following Friday's game. New York will pay him the remainder of the approximately $27 million he's owed as part of his $275 million, 10-year contract.