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Yankees GM Brian Cashman indicated Tuesday that Rodriguez will have to win a job in the spring, ESPN.com reports. "He's going to compete for at-bats and for a position," Cashman said. "The position would be third, and obviously DH and that's it. Maybe some time at first base. He may be eventually the everyday third baseman, he may be the everyday DH; I just don't know. I'm going to do everything in my power to drum up some opportunities that are realistic and present them to ownership that may or may not involve third base. I don't know. It's very early in the process."
While Cashman stressed that nothing's definite, it's sounding like Rodriguez will head into spring training without a set job for the first time in two decades. There are numerous factors in play, including the uncertainty regarding Rodriguez's abilities following a nearly year-and-a-half layoff, the additional $30 million in incentives Rodriguez could earn if he hits his home runs milestones, and the very real possibility the Yankees could sign a third baseman. According to Cashman, if he signs a third baseman, the signee "would be the starting third baseman," leaving Rodriguez to DH primarily, though Cashman confirmed that the 39-year-old Rodriguez could also play some at first.
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Manager Joe Girardi has spoken to Rodriguez about the possibility of playing first base in 2015, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
After missing the entirety of 2014, and entering the 2015 season at 39-years-old, the Yankees are unsure of Rodriguez's ability to be an everyday third baseman. With Mark Teixeira still holding down first, Rodriguez likely wouldn't see a ton of playing time there, but it could be a way to keep his bat in the lineup for a few extra games.
Alex Rodriguez 3B NYY 4 Months
Manager Joe Girardi expects Rodriguez (suspension) to be the Yankees' starting third baseman in 2015, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports.
Rodriguez will rejoin the Yankees in 2015 after being suspended for the entire 2014 season. The 39-year-old is reportedly in line to take the reins back on a spot that was filled largely by Chase Headley and Kelly Johnson this season.
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Rodriguez (suspension) has begun preparing to play in 2015, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
Rodriguez intends to resume playing next year after being suspended for the entire 2014 season. He will not play winter ball, so he will enter next year's spring training coming off a lengthy absence. It remains to be seen what type of role he will fill for the Yankees next season at age 39.
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Newsday's Jim Baumbach reports that Alex Rodriguez has voluntarily dismissed his case against MLB, MLBPA and commissioner Bud Selig.
Friday was the deadline for A-Rod's side to respond to the MLB and MLBPA wanting the case tossed, but instead they decided to dismiss the case. It's not clear at this point what compelled him to drop the suit, but he can re-file it at any time if he so chooses. A-Rod had his 211-game suspension reduced down to 162 games last month.
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According to Jeff Passan and Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, MLB player representatives "overwhelmingly agreed" that Alex Rodriguez should be kicked out of the union during a 90-minute conference call last week.
The call occurred on the day Rodriguez sued both MLB and the players' union. While union leadership quickly advised the player reps that kicking A-Rod out of the union is not legally possible, this is the latest indication that he could have trouble returning to a major league clubhouse. "That's what everyone was thinking," said one player. "We wanted to get on this call and not let him back. [To say,] 'This is our game and we don't want you in it.'"
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According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the commissioner's office and the MLBPA is in agreement that Alex Rodriguez counts $3,155,737.70 toward the luxury tax for the Yankees in 2014.
Rodriguez's suspension is for 162 games, not a full year, so the Yankees aren't off the hook completely. However, they will receive significant savings, as A-Rod was going to count $27.5 million toward the luxury tax for 2014. The Yankees were hoping to stay under $189 million, which might not be realistic if they end up signing Masahiro Tanaka.
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Alex Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association in federal court in an attempt to have his 162-game suspension overturned.
Oh boy. In the complaint, which checks in at 77 pages, Rodriguez argues that arbitration Fredric Horowitz displayed "evident partiality" for MLB and that the MLBPA failed in their duties to represent him during the process. Many believe that Rodriguez is very unlikely to have any success by taking the matter to federal court, but the drama isn't over yet.
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Alex Rodriguez' attorney will file a suit in federal court Monday contesting Saturday's decision, reports Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.
Rodriguez has already stated his intent to attend spring training, and now he'll seek an injunction that will allow him to play while he waits for a trial. Daniel Lazaroff, a professor at the Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, doesn't like A-Rod's chances. "The arbitration process in the collective bargaining context is widely respected by the federal courts, and absent of showing some bias or prejudice on the part of the arbitrator or some sort of corruption or some flagrant ignoring of the law, he's just not going to succeed," Lazaroff said. "And because the likelihood of success is small, it basically makes this a waste of time." If he's not allowed to play, he can at least take solace in the fact that the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League are already clamoring for him to join their squad for the 2014 season.
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According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, Alex Rodriguez has every intention of reporting to spring training with the Yankees.
There's really not anything that the team can do to stop him from doing so, as his suspension doesn't begin until the start of the regular season. It's very clear that A-Rod isn't going down without a fight on this issue, and will do everything in his power to continue to seek exoneration.