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Large portion of A-Rod's money insured

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The New York Yankees won't be in dire straits should Alex Rodriguez miss 2013, or be forced to retire because of a hip injury, according to an ESPN report.

The team is insured for a sizable amount of the $114 million owed to Rodriguez over the next five seasons, and could recover from 75 percent to 100 percent of the money, a baseball source with knowledge of the contract told ESPN.com.

Rodriguez would have to miss at least one full season before the Yankees could collect on the policy. ESPN.com said it was unclear whether the contract is insured for its entire length, or whether it included any exclusion regarding certain injuries.

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