A-Rod Will Need New Home Base as Landlord Lists NYC Pad

15 Central Park West
15 Central Park West

Alex Rodriguez may soon need a new home base. The Yankee slugger has about a year before he needs to move out of his $30,000 per month two-bedroom rental at the prestigious 15 Central Park West high-rise -- that is, unless A-Rod can fork over a total of about $55 million to purchase one of the highest-price apartments for sale in New York City.

A-Rod's landlord, steel magnate Leroy Schecter, is putting up for sale his two side-by-side units -- the third baseman's place and the one next door being rented for $40,000 per month by Cendant founder Henry Silverman, who last year beat Rodriquez to the plate as they battled over who'd get the three-bedroom pad.

By combining the two units as one very hefty sale, Schecter apparently hopes that a mogul as wealthy as he is, or more so, will want to merge the units to make a 5,600 square-foot luxury home with panoramic views of Central Park as well as a sweeping river vista -- at about $10,000 for each scenic square foot.