Yankees' Rodriguez Suspended for Entire 2014 Season

Associated Press

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez looks over his shoulder during their MLB American League baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Massachusetts in this August 18, 2013 file photo. Rodriguez will be suspended for the entire 2014 Major League Baseball (MLB) season and playoffs for doping after an independent arbitrator on January 11, 2014 rejected the All-Star third baseman's appeal. A defiant Rodriguez said he would take the fight to clear his name all the way to federal court and according to reports has plans to take part in the Yankees' spring training next month. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL DRUGS SOCIETY)


By Sam Louwagie

NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball's arbitrator has reduced the 211 game suspension of Alex Rodriguez to 162, which means he will miss the entire 2014 season, and without pay. That amounts to about $25 million.

Major League Baseball made the announcement by saying arbitrator Fredrick Horowitz had made his decision and that it would include the entire 2014 postseason as well.

Rodriguez, and other players, were suspended last year for their alleged part in the Biogenisis scandal. Rodriguez was the only play to contest his suspension.

Rodriguez, who will turn 39 in July, is coming off two hip surgeries.

In a statement, Rodriguez said he would, "take this fight to federal court" and that he is confident when a federal judge reviews everything, "the judge will find that the panel blatantly disregarded the law and facts, and will overturn the suspension."

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