Federal arbitrator Frederic Horowitz handed down his ruling on the Yankees 38-year-old slugger that decreased his 211 game suspension handed down to him back in August for his alleged role in the Miami Biogenesis case, but Horowitz decided to suspend Rodriguez for the entire 2014 season; 162 regular season games plus the postseason if the Yankees make it that far.
Rodriguez however, plans to appeal the decision in federal court and his attorneys will seek an injunction to have the 162-game ban delayed until a decision would be rendered in court. Some feel though that getting the injunction may be difficult to obtain, but that will not stop Rodriguez's attorneys from trying to get it done.
If he is suspended for the season, Rodriguez's $25 million salary will come off the books for the Yankees, plus any bonus money owed to him for home run accomplishments will also not be paid as well. The Yankees though are still on hook for another 3 seasons and $61 million for A-Rod's contract.
Major League Baseball and commissioner Bud Selig came under heavy scrutiny for the way they proceeded with their action against Rodriguez, as they paid $125,000 in cash for stolen documents that could incriminate Rodriguez and tie him to the performance enhancement drugs that he allegedly took. Plus that money went to Anthony Bosch, who is under investigation for selling drugs to minors down in Florida and baseball chose to ignore that fact in their pursuit to take down A-Rod.
Rodriguez released a statement on Saturday expressing his displeasure with the decision and vowed to be at spring training for the Yankees in Tampa this spring.
"The number of games sadly comes as no surprise, as the deck has been stacked against me from day one," Rodriguez said in the statement. "This is one man's decision, that was not put before a fair and impartial jury, does not involve me having failed a single drug test, is at odds with the facts and is inconsistent with the terms of the Joint Drug Agreement and the Basic Agreement, and relies on testimony and documents that would never have been allowed in any court in the United States because they are false and wholly unreliable. This injustice is MLB's first step toward abolishing guaranteed contracts in the 2016 bargaining round, instituting lifetime bans for single violations of drug policy, and further insulating its corrupt investigative program from any variety defense by accused players, or any variety of objective review."
If the suspension sticks, it will force the Yankees to look for a temporary solution at third base for a season; Michael Young and Mark Reynolds have been discussed as potential free agent solutions.
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