Alex Rodriguez found out the fate of his grievance hearing with MLB on Saturday morning. Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz announced his decision, reducing the suspension from 211 games to 162 games, in other words a full season along with the postseason.
So … after months of speculation we have a resolution, of sorts. We now await the next move Rodriguez and his legal team. There were reports A-Rod might drop his fight were the suspension reduced, but it seems doubtful at 38-years-old he’ll sit back and accept 162 games which would see his banned for all of 2014. Rodriguez is under contract through 2017.
Early reports state A-Rod will continue to fight in court:
The initial suspension from MLB would have cost A-Rod the end of the 2013 and all of 2014, so it’s a win of sorts for Bud Selig. The Yankees are probably happy with this decision, since it would take Rodriguez’s $26 million salary off the books temporarily and perhaps give them a better chance to pursue Masahiro Tanaka.
A-Rod might vow to fight on, but he might not have the best legal standing to do so, in part due to baseball’s collective bargaining agreement:
A-Rod says he will sue in federal court. Legal experts say very unlikely to be successful. Courts do not like to interfere w arbitration.—
T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) January 11, 2014
As with everything in this process, stay tuned.
UPDATE: Rodriguez issued a statement, confirming he would continue to fight the suspension in court along wide denying PED use.
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