Alex Rodriguez suspended for 2014 regular season

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The announcement has been made and it looks as if the Yankees are going to need a new third basemen for 2014.

Multiple sources confirm that Alex Rodriguez has been suspended for the 2014 regular season (162 games) for his role in the Biogenesis scandal. Rodriguez plans to take the suspension to federal court to have it overturned. However given the circumstances, it seems unlikely that Rodriguez plays this season.

Following the announcement of his suspension, Rodriguez released the following statement:

“The number of games sadly comes as no surprise, as the deck has been stacked against me from day one. 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.

I have been clear that I did not use performance enhancing substances as alleged in the notice of discipline, or violate the Basic Agreement or the Joint Drug Agreement in any manner, and in order to prove it I will take this fight to federal court. I am confident that when a Federal Judge reviews the entirety of the record, the hearsay testimony of a criminal whose own records demonstrate that he dealt drugs to minors, and the lack of credible evidence put forth by MLB, that the judge will find that the panel blatantly disregarded the law and facts, and will overturn the suspension. No player should have to go through what I have been dealing with, and I am exhausting all options to ensure not only that I get justice, but that players’ contracts and rights are protected through the next round of bargaining, and that the MLB investigation and arbitration process cannot be used against others in the future the way it is currently being used to unjustly punish me.

I will continue to work hard to get back on the field and help the Yankees achieve the ultimate goal of winning another championship. I want to sincerely thank my family, all of my friends, and of course the fans and many of my fellow MLB players for the incredible support I received throughout this entire ordeal.”

The Yankees will save $27.5 Million in 2014 and if the Yankees do not acquire Masahiro Tanaka, they will be under the $189 Million luxury tax.

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8 Responses to Alex Rodriguez suspended for 2014 regular season

  1. tom says:

    Hooray!

    If Yankees successfully signed Tanaka then Yankees could part with Nova for 3B prospect straight up or package with Ichiro for back end starter and a non 40 prospect. The latter will get Yankees under 189m threshold.

    Or hell with it and be sure the overage amount stays at low point so Yankees could pay a light tax for 2014 and worry about 189m for 2015 with Arod back as well as Jeter and Kuroda becoming FA.

    • Isaac Evans says:

      If Alex Rodriguez did not test positive for Ped's,then he should go to court to clear his name. I for one believe him because he didn't play as though he was using any type of Peds.

    • You say package with Ichiro like anybody really wants him.

      • tom says:

        I merely thought Nova could be a centerpiece for getting rid of Ichiro. I don't see any option to clear Ichiro out.

        Nobody wanted Wells until Yankees got him so who knows.

  2. Yankees fan says:

    Get Tanaka and Mark Reynolds or Micheal Young and call it a off season.

  3. ajay says:

    Have no idea why all the hate towards the man. Alex has failed no tests and on that note has done nothing wrong. The guy has been singled out and that's the shame of it. Whine about his attitude all you want. ..If any of us were in his shoes we would fight back also. Not to mention he's by far the best option at 3rd base period