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Alex Rodriguez could still participate in spring training

Jan 11, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

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OK, so maybe the Yankees will have some A-Rod-induced headaches in 2014 after all.

While Rodriguez was banned for the entirety of the 2014 season by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz today, his spokesperson Ron Berkowitz told Jon Morosi of FOX Sports that it is “100 percent certain” that the suspended slugger plans to participate in spring training with the Yankees. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal details why he could be allowed to do so:

We have seen similar situations with suspended players in the past, including Manny Ramirez with the Athletics in 2012. ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that MLB, the MLBPA, and the Yankees will sort through rules in the coming days to clarify Rodriguez’s status for spring training, but it looks like we could have a circus on our hands in Tampa, Florida.

  1. mikhelb - Jan 11, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Maybe MLB will even cut by 50% his suspension like they did with Manny Ramírez… oh wait, he wasn’t a reincident like Rodríguez… or was he? I sometimes mix the names of Presinal’s associates.

  2. cackalackyank - Jan 11, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Facepalm. It’s never going to end, is it?

    • historiophiliac - Jan 11, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      /passes popcorn

  3. arrooo - Jan 11, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    He will be playing for the LI Ducks

    • larrymahnken - Jan 11, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      Unlikely, since he’s under contract with the Yankees.

    • anxovies - Jan 11, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      That’s an idea I hadn’t thought of. Since the league has suspended him and he is not getting paid he is free to make a living. I doubt if the affiliated minor league teams would touch him but he could play for an independent team like the LI Ducks. Wouldn’t that be great? People could travel from the Bronx and pack the LI ball park while there are vacant seats in Yankee Stadium. With his money he could start his own league.

      • dinofrank60 - Jan 11, 2014 at 5:51 PM

        You really want Selig to send The Five Families after ARod, don’t you?

  4. mazblast - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    The Yankees may not be able to ban him from spring training, but unless there’s some stipulation in his contract or the CBA that says otherwise, there’s nothing that prohibits them from sending him to the minor league fields every day.

    “Rodriguez, A–You’re with the AA 28-year-old organizational depth guys on Field #23. Start walking…”

  5. yordo - Jan 12, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    He just wants to work on his skills, guys. This kid still has the desire to be the GOAT.

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