It’s been less than 24-hours since the Yankees played their final game of 2013, yet the offseason drama has just begun. Alex Rodriguez played the 2013 season, appealing his 211-game suspension for his link to the Biogenesis report. Today, Rodriguez is going to meet with Major League Baseball, and argue his case.
Rodriguez and his lawyers will meet with arbitrator Fredric Horowitz to discuss why the 211-game suspension imposed on Rodriguez on August 5th should be overturned. Rodriguez spoke to the media before the season ended about the appeal process.
“Obviously, this is going to be a grueling process all the way through.” Rodriguez told WFAN. “This has been a burden. it’s been a big burden. So let’s get it on.”
The hearing may begin today, but a decision could happen several weeks from now. After the hearing concludes, the sides will be given a few weeks to submit final briefs. That’s when Horowitz will make a decision regarding Rodriguez’s case.
Let’s refresh our memories a little bit on A-Rod’s suspension and what it could possibly mean for him:
Rodriguez was suspended under baseball’s joint drug agreement “based on his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone over the course of multiple years.” He’s also disciplined under the collective bargaining agreement “for attempting to cover up his violations of the program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the office of the commissioner’s investigation.”
Rodriguez is being suspended as a first offender.
Rodriguez is owed $86 Million from the Yankees, however if Rodriguez is suspended for an extended period of time, it could be enough for the Yankees to get under the luxury tax of $189 Million. Rodriguez being off the books for 2014 could also allow Yankees to sign more players in the offseason. Rodriguez will attend the hearing with his baseball career on the line.
“I will be there everyday.” Rodriguez said. “I’m fighting for my life and my whole legacy.”