Thursday, January 9, 2014

For weeks and even months leading up to the impending suspension announcement by arbitrator Frederick Horowitz, we've been under the impression that Alex Rodriguez will bring almost any type of suspension to a federal court.

But now with the Hall of Fame announcement now behind us, and Horowitz's decision on deck -- possibly coming Friday at the earliest -- Wallace Matthews of is reporting that A-Rod might consider accepting a suspension of anything less than 100 games.

The reason being, if Rodriguez were to bring this battle to a court room, it would cost him "at least $10 million, with no guarantee of winning," a source told Matthews, while a 100-game ban would cost him $15,425,000 of his scheduled $25 million salary for 2014.

"All of this has been presented to Alex and he is weighing his options," the source said. "In certain situations it may not make much sense to continue to fight."

Things have surely changed since A-Rod stormed out of the courtroom during his appeal hearing back in November, when he went on the radio and said that he shouldn't even have to serve 1 inning of a suspension, and that his team was willing to fight any ruling against them.

"It's not just a matter of money," the source told Matthews. "It's also about the mental anguish of going through this and not knowing if or when you're going to play again. Alex might decide to take his medicine and move on."

Of course, we're still waiting to hear what this decision is. A-Rod's camp has been saying that they still have not been notified of any announcement forthcoming.

Like I said, it's possible that we could hear something as soon as Friday. Either way, the Yankees just want to know if they need to pay him this season so they can spend the money on someone else if needed.


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