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The Record's Bob Klapisch tweets that Alex Rodriguez could learn the fate of his drawn-out arbitration case at any moment:
It's really a lose-lose-lose predicament for him.
If the 211-game PED suspension stands, then A-Rod will sit out for the entire 2014 season, as well as the first couple months of 2015. And he won't get paid for any of that missed time.
Perhaps arbitrator Fredric Horowitz will overturn Bud Selig's ban, allowing the 38-year-old third baseman to return to the New York Yankees immediately. With his contract nudging it dramatically above the luxury-tax threshold, he'd be the scapegoat if the club decided to abandon its pursuit of Masahiro Tanaka.
Horowitz could also choose to reduce the suspension to, say, 50 or 100 games. Again, that would severely limit the Yankees' payroll flexibility while making it very doable for A-Rod to surpass Willie Mays on the all-time home run list—Mays had 660, he has 654—and collect a $6 million milestone bonus.
Winning cures (almost) everything, but Rodriguez slashed just .244/.348/.423 last year on his surgically repaired hip. Contributing to a championship team in the twilight of his career without causing a clubhouse disruption could prove a lot of experts wrong and salvage his otherwise tarnished legacy.
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