Alex Rodriguez has hired top New York criminal defense lawyer Joe Tacopina to bolster his legal team as he ups the offense in the fight for his career Page Six has exclusively learned. Tacopina who relishes a high-profile case and has defended the likes of acquitted ex-NYPD officer Kenneth Moreno and Hiram Monserrate has joined Rodriguez’s team and is expected to make a series of media appearances — including interviews with ESPN and the morning shows — to defend A-Rod next week. A source close to the slugger’s camp told us “Joe is a fighter and that is what Alex needs right now. He has been brought on to reinforce the trial team there’s a possibility this could go all the way to federal court. Joe is known for putting the hammer down he’s going to take on the Yankees and take on MLB.” While Tacopina declined to comment last night sources tell us A-Rod’s camp believes the Yankees want out of his contract and their delivery of a letter fining him $150000 just before his comeback last Friday “was seen as an attempt to break his spirit.”