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Report: Alex Rodriguez decision “imminent,” ruling appears “favorable” for MLB

Jan 11, 2014, 11:40 AM EDT

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UPDATE: Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Horowitz is expected to rule on Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension today. Stay tuned.

11:35 a.m. ET: When yesterday passed without a ruling on Alex Rodriguez‘s 211-game suspension, the assumption was that we likely wouldn’t hear anything from arbitrator Fredric Horowitz until Monday at the earliest. As Ronald Blum of the Associated Press hears, that might not necessarily be the case:

People familiar with the case told The Associated Press on Friday that arbitrator Fredric Horowitz could issue his decision this weekend. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.

So, basically, a ruling could come down this weekend. Or it might not. Fun times.

While Steven Marcus of New York Newsday also hears that a decision from Horowitz is imminent, he adds the following interesting nugget:

Rodriguez has previously vowed to fight any suspension from MLB in federal court, but he could face long odds to have his case heard or walk away vindicated. With that in mind, Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York reported Thursday that he has discussed the possibility of accepting a reduced suspension (less than 100 games) to put the matter behind him. However, if Horowitz sides with MLB and upholds the suspension in-full or close to it, the fight figures to continue.

Rodriguez, 38, is under contract for $25 million in 2014. With a pursuit of Masahiro Tanaka underway, the Yankees would obviously appreciate some clarity on the situation as they attempt to keep their payroll under the much-discussed $189 million threshold.

  1. John Vincent - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Reblogged this on Johnny's Baseball Blog.

  2. melissashusband - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Reblogging some else’s content might not be illegal but is very sketchy. Write your own stuff Johnny

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      Alex, don’t worry about it, save your money and the aggravation. I say take the year off and come back strong in 2015.

  3. chadjones27 - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    162 games. That’s 3.24 failed drug tests. Or would it be 2ish, since the penalty goes up after each one. Someone remind me how many official tests he failed?

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 11, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      Apparently it doesn’t matter since MLB can just make up the rules as they go along, since no one likes him. Looks like there’s two JDA’s. One for players people like, and a super secret one for players people hate.

      • braxtonrob - Jan 11, 2014 at 5:05 PM

        @scout, Right, ‘cuz he’s innocent as a lamb’. This guy (A-Rod) has an ego the size of the entire eastern seaboard. He thinks the rules are stupid, so he breaks them anyway. 1-year suspension? I’d say he got off EASY.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 11, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        The issue was NEVER about his innocence. The issue is that his punishment was greatly disproportionate to that of the other 13 people who were caught breaking the exact same rule. Plenty of people lied about their involvement, plenty of people took steps to hide their actions. Only Alex is so hated, because he struck out in the playoffs. I don’t understand why there is a separate set of rules and punishment for Alex and the rest of the league.

  4. fanofevilempire - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    zip, zero, zilch.

    He should go play overseas and play and prepare for 2015.
    He will play again in MLB.
    He should lay low and make a comeback.

    • chadjones27 - Jan 11, 2014 at 5:45 PM

      Probably can’t since he’s under contract with a pro team. In the past, players have played in offseason leagues, but, I don’t know what the rules are regarding playing while under contract (and suspended)

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