Arbitrator Gives Alex Rodriguez 162-Game Suspension
Arbitrator Frederic Horowitz handed out a 162-game suspension to New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez on Saturday, a suspension that not only covers the entire 2014 regular season, but the postseason as well.
The 38-year old Rodriguez originally received a 211-game suspension from Major League Baseball back in August, due to his alleged ties to Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic in South Florida which supplied performance-enhancing drugs.
Rodriguez was able to play 44 games for the Yankees in 2013, while appealing his suspension, hitting a .244, with seven home runs, and 19 RBI's.
While playing 20 seasons with the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, and the Yankees Rodriguez, a 14-time All-Star and 3-time American League Most Valuable Player Award winner, has accumulated a lifetime .299 batting average, along with 654 home runs, 1,959 RBI's, and 322 stolen bases.
Rodriguez will now go on the restricted list, and will not count against the Yankees 40-man roster.
The Yankees will not have to pay Rodriguez the estimated $24.1 he was due to earn in 2014, but they are still responsible for the estimated $61 million they owe him for 2015-2017.