After a tense battle at MLB headquarters, Alex Rodriguez‘s arbitration hearing is finally over, according to ESPN New York. The arbitrator in the case Frederic Horowitz now has 25 days to make a decision as to whether Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension for violating the CBA and Joint Drug Agreement will stand. Although Horowitz has 25 days to make a decision, the decision might not be made public until early January.
Rodriguez made it clear that he would challenge any ruling against him in federal court. The Yankees will be unable to utilize the $33 Million in the budget because Rodriguez will seek an injunction, meaning the Yankees will not spend the money owed to A-Rod in 2014 unless they are certain it won’t hurt their goal of being under $189 Million for the entire season.