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13 Alex Rodriguez 3B
Height/Weight: 6-3/225 | Birthdate: 7/27/1975 | Birthplace: New York, NY | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: New York | College: No College | MLB Experience: 20 | Salary: $29,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 2/0 | Average Draft Position: 250.08
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Alex Rodriguez drops lawsuit against baseball, MLBPA


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/7/2014) Embattled Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has dismissed his lawsuit against Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association and commissioner Bud Selig, per the Newark Star-Ledger.

Rodriguez has been suspended for 162 games and the postseason if the Yankees qualify for his involvement in the Biogenesis drug scandal.


Alex Rodriguez suspended 162 games


by Jeff Tobin | CBSSports.com
(1/11/2014) An arbitrator reduced Alex Rodriguez's original 211-game suspension to 162 games Saturday. Rodriguez plans to continue his battle in federal court.

The 38-year-old Yankees third baseman received his original suspension in August due to his ties to the Biogenesis scandal -- 50 games for his first performance-enhancing drug offense and an additional 161 for interfering with MLB's investigation.

The new suspension also includes the 2014 postseason if New York makes it that far.

Rodriguez will seek an injunction on the ruling to continue the legal battle, though he's not likely to receive it. Earlier reports stated the Rodriguez camp would have accepted a suspension of 65 games or less without further legal wranlging. 

The Yankees were reportedly waiting for this ruling to sign another third baseman. Since A-Rod's salary -- $25 million in 2014 -- will not count toward the team's payroll due to the suspension, the Yankees have money to use if they decide another third baseman is necessary.

For more information, and a full statement from Rodriguez, Eye on Baseball's Mike Axisa has more here.


Alex Rodriguez could consider a lesser ban


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2014) Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez could consider accepting a lesser ban, according to ESPN.

If Rodriguez were to receive a suspension of over 100 games, there's a sense his team would seek a temporary restraining order against the ruling. However, if the ruling is smaller, there's a chance Rodriguez will consider it. He has to weigh how much it would cost to continue fighting this battle against being able to return for the end of next year. It's not just about money. There's a chance Rodriguez just wants to move on after he's dealt with the issue for months now.


Report: Ruling on Alex Rodriguez appeal might happen next week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/2/2014) A ruling on Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez's suspension might not be known until next week, reports the New York Post. Industry sources told the paper that arbitrator Fredric Horowitz will likely wait a few more days before issuing a ruling on Rodriguez, who faces a potential 211-game suspension by MLB for his alleged involvement with Biogenesis.

Alex Rodriguez's fate could be known in early January


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/23/2013) According to the Bergen Record, arbitrator Frederic Horowitz could hand down his decision on Alex Rodriguez's appeal of a 211-game suspension sometime in early January, possibly shortly after New Year's Day.

Rodriguez's appeal hearing concluded just over a month ago. The Yankees are reportedly budgeting for Rodriguez's return, though they have a contingency plan should the third baseman miss all or part of the season due to the suspension.


Yankees president counting on Brett Gardner, Alex Rodriguez


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/15/2013) Yankees team president Randy Levine told ESPN.com he wants to keep Brett Gardner on the team's roster for the coming season, even though reports have surfaced about potential trades involving him. Levine also said the team is planning as if Alex Rodriguez, who is appealing a 211-game suspension, will be in the opening day lineup.

Levine did not address recent reports regarding a Brandon Phillips-for-Gardner deal proposed by the Reds, instead commenting, "We get inquiries about every single one of our players all the time, [general manager Brian Cashman] listens, but there's no attempt here to trade or move Brett Gardner."

Levine also said there was money available to budget for Rodriguez's salary, but should he have to serve his suspension, the Yankees "always have contingencies."


Alex Rodriguez's appeal hearing concludes


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2013) The appeal hearing for the 211-game suspension levied by Major League Baseball to Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has concluded, the New York Post reports.

By rule, arbitrator Frederic Horowitz now has until Dec. 16 to make a ruling on the case, though Horowitz will not be held to that timetable, Yahoo! Sports reports. A decision should come soon after the holidays.


Alex Rodriguez team puts hearing on hold


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/21/2013) Though initial reports said they would go on with the hearing even with their client absent, Alex Rodriguez's lawyers announced Thursday that they'll only continue if commissioner Bud Selig testifies, according to The Daily News.

"We're not going to participate in a process that's obviously a fait accompli and not a fair process," attorney Joe Tacopina said. "We are absolutely shutting down at this point."

Rodriguez is appealing a suspension that would keep him out for the entire 2014 season.


Alex Rodriguez's hearing continues


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/21/2013) A day after Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez stormed out of his arbitration hearing when arbitrator Fredric Horowitz declined to order commissioner Bud Selig to testify, his lawyers were back at work Thursday, attorney Joe Tacopina told "Good Day New York." Rodriguez himself was not present.

Rodriguez is appealing a suspension that would keep him out for the entire 2014 season. He had been scheduled to testify Friday.


Alex Rodriguez walks out on hearing


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/20/2013) Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez stormed out of his arbitration hearing at Major League Baseball's headquarters Wednesday, after arbitrator Fredric Horowitz declined to order MLB commissioner Bud Selig to testify, according to the New York Daily News.

Prior to his exit, Rodriguez made a statement, saying among other things, "I am disgusted with this abusive process, designed to ensure that the player fails," and referring to the hearing as a "farce." Rodriguez is appealing his 211-game drug suspension.


Alex Rodriguez's grievance hearing resumes


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/18/2013) The Boston Herald reports that the grievance hearing for Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez resumed on Monday. The hearing has been on hold since Oct. 18.

Rodriguez's attorneys are scheduled to call witnesses, though it is not yet known if Rodriguez himself will testify. MLB may insist that Rodriguez should not be allowed to testify, since he called in sick for an investigatory interview last Friday.


Yankees budgeting for Alex Rodriguez's return


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/14/2013) Though third baseman Alex Rodriguez's status for the 2014 season is unknown, the Yankees are preparing for his possible return even while pursuing potential replacements like David Freese, according to The Star-Ledger.

"We are under the impression that he's going to come back," team president Randy Levine said. "That's the way we budgeted it. That's the way we think. We have no control over that. We've never had any control and that process is ongoing."

Rodriguez is appealing a suspension that would keep him out for all of 2014. He's expected to meet with MLB Friday as a part of that process. The Yankees expect the matter to be resolved by December.


Alex Rodriguez's MLB lawsuit set to begin


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/7/2013) In the first court conference since Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez filed a lawsuit against MLB and commissioner Bud Selig in October, Rodriguez's attorneys told a Manhattan federal judge that MLB was out to "destroy" their client's "career and reputation," the New York Post reports.

"[MLB and Selig] engaged in extensive and improper investigatory tactics in an effort to get Mr. Rodriguez at all costs, and in an effort to salvage Mr. Selig’s reputation as he heads towards retirement," Rodriquez's lawyer Jordan Siev said. "He saw this as an opportunity to bring down one of the biggest names in the game."

Rodriguez is also appealing a 211-game suspension for allegedly violating baseball's drug agreement and labor contract.


Alex Rodriguez says MLB leaked false report


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/4/2013) The New York Daily News reports that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is accusing Major League Baseball of leaking a report to the media that he tested positive for a stimulant in 2006. Through his spokesman, Rodriguez is also claiming that the report, which was published by the New York Times on Sunday, is false.

Rodriguez's attorneys made the leaking allegations in an application with arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, who has been hearing Rodriguez's appeal of his 211-game drug suspension.


Report: Alex Rodriguez failed drug test in 2006


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/4/2013) Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez failed a drug test for stimulants in 2006, the New York Times reports.

The 2006 charge was previously undisclosed, and a player isn't suspended for his first positive test for stimulants, as per the Joint Drug Agreement. Rodriguez's arbitration hearing for his suspension appeal is on hold until Nov. 18.


Alex Rodriguez's team denies buying evidence


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2013) Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has denied buying any evidence in the Biogenesis case, according to the Star-Ledger.

Major League Baseball is attempting to secure documents proving Rodriguez bought evidence, but his legal team has denied the charges. "As we have said all along, Alex has never bought any documents related to Biogenesis," according to Rodriguez's attorney Joe Tacopina. Tacopina adds that the move proves MLB doesn't have as much evidence as it claims regarding Rodriguez's involvement in the Biogenesis clinic.


MLB going after documents leaked by Alex Rodriguez


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2013) A public relations firm acting for Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez leaked the documents that named Ryan Braun and Francisco Cervelli to the Biogenesis clinic, according to Major League Baseball. 

MLB is currently trying to obtain those documents according to the New York Daily News. MLB believes the P.R. firm bought documents in order to cover up Rodriguez's involvement in the scandal. The petition to get the firm to release the documents states that MLB has a "good faith basis" that Rodriguez gave documents to Sitrick & Company P.R. with evidence that Braun and Cervelli were involved in the clinic. The P.R. company leaked that information to Yahoo! Sports. 


MLB seeking dismissal of Alex Rodriguez's lawsuit against Bud Selig


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/29/2013) Major League Baseball is looking to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez which accuses commissioner Bud Selig of going on a "witch hunt" in an attempt to force him out of baseball, according to the Journal News.

Rodriguez's lawsuit claims Selig is trying to remove him from the game to make up for his inactivity in the past regarding performance enhancing drugs. The lawsuit says Selig is trying to redeem his image by going after Rodriguez. The league called the lawsuit "desperate" when it was first filed. 


Alex Rodriguez's camp suggests he has not used PEDs recently


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2013) Alex Rodriguez's lawyer, Joe Tacopina, says his client has not taken PEDs recently, according to CNN.

When asked, Tacopina said the Yankees third baseman has "absolutely not" used steroids recently, and Major League Baseball has no evidence that he did. He added that Rodriguez did not attempt to buy evidence from Biogenesis, but instead bought evidence the MLB used shady practices to collect evidence from the clinic. 


Alex Rodriguez wants to make case public


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2013) Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez would like to make his legal case with Major League Baseball public.

Rodriguez and his team wanted to hold a press conference to present a "major league baseball whistleblower," but were handed a restraining order prior to the press conference. The team would like "the truth to come out," though it seems unlikely MLB would agree to make the case open to the public. 


Alex Rodriguez's hearing on hold again


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(10/20/2013) Newsday reports that Alex Rodriguez's appeal hearing, which resumed this past week, is now headed into another break, as Major League Baseball concluded its case against the Yankees' third baseman. The hearing will start again, with Rodriguez's lawyers making their case, sometime after the conclusion of the World Series.

Rodriguez is appealing a 211-game drug suspension handed down by MLB.


Hearing resumes for Alex Rodriguez


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(10/16/2013) The grievance hearing regarding Alex Rodriguez's 211-game suspension will resume on Wednesday, according to the Journal News.

The hearing for the Yankees' third baseman had been on hold since Oct. 7, as arbitrator Fredric Horowitz had been unavailable.


Alex Rodriguez's lawyer nearly comes to blows during session


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2013) Joe Tacopina, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez's lawyer, nearly came to blows with Anthony Bosch's lawyer during a break in a session, according to the New York Daily News.

Tacopina reportedly asked Bosch's lawyer, Julio Ayala, how long his client would be up on the witness stand. Tacopina was said to be frustrated that Bosch's testimony had taken so much time early in the hearing. The two had a back and forth, in which Tacopina alledgedly called Ayala wife a liar. He then "bull-rushed" Ayala, who stood his ground. No punches were thrown, and Tacopina had to be restrained. Neither Rodriguez nor Bosch witnessed the confrontation.

Tacopina played hockey in college, where he set his school's record for most penalty minutes in a season. Ayala is a former high school football player.

The two men apologized to each other the next day.


Yankees hope for Alex Rodriguez's return in 2014


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(10/13/2013) Though the Yankees are trying to keep their payroll below the $189 million limit that would exempt them from the luxury tax, general manager Brian Cashman told ESPN Radio he wants Alex Rodriguez in the team's lineup next season, should he successfully fight his 211-game suspension.

Cashman explained his willingness to have Rodriguez as his team's third baseman in 2014, saying, "I think if people think there's some sort of benefit by losing that talent, I mean, you can't replace it." If Rodriguez avoids suspension, the Yankees would owe him $25 million next season.


Alex Rodriguez's hearing on hiatus


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(10/7/2013) The grievance hearing for Alex Rodriguez is on a break, as the parties have to wait until arbitrator Fredric Horowitz has an opening in his schedule. This comes after five days of hearings last week.

In addition to filing a grievance over his 211-game suspension, Rodriguez has recently filed a pair of lawsuits -- one against Major League Baseball and one against the Yankees' medical staff.