It’s been one week since the Yankees season came to an end down in Houston, and predictably, the early offseason has focused on the uncertain future of Alex Rodriguez.
Not only has he spent the past week appealing his 211-game suspension. He’s also filed a pair of lawsuits, one against the league and commissioner Bud Selig, and the other against Dr. Chrisopher Ahmad and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He accused the league of being out to get him, and accused the Yankees team doctor of misdiagnosing his left hip injury.
Here’s the opening allegation in the suit against the league:
Major League Baseball (“MLB”), Commissioner Allan H. “Bud” Selig (“Commissioner Selig” or “Selig”) and other officials at MLB (collectively, the “Defendants”) have — throughout at least all of 2013 — been engaged in tortious and egregious conduct with one, and only one, goal: to improperly marshal evidence that they hope to use to destroy the reputation and career of Alex Rodriguez, one of the most accomplished Major League Baseball players of all time. Commissioner Selig and MLB persistently have employed powers not available to them under the collectively-bargained agreements between MLB and its union in order to make an example of Mr. Rodriguez, so as to gloss over Commissioner Selig’s past inaction and tacit approval of the use of performance enhancing substances (“PES”) in baseball (not to mention his multiple acts of collusion), and in an attempt to secure his legacy as the “savior” of America’s pastime.
In other words, if you thought this summer’s public bickering was the end of this fight, you were seriously mistaken. The offseason is one week old, and already it’s entered uncharted territory.
• After several meetings with Joe Girardi and his agent, the Yankees have made an offer to their outgoing manager, trying to re-sign him for 2014 and beyond. Girardi has indicated that he’d like to settle his contract situation fairly quickly, and the Yankees have clearly made it a priority. We could have an answer within days.
• If Girardi comes back, Brian Cashman has made it clear that he wants to bring back the entire coaching staff. Most notably, pitching coach Larry Rothschild and hitting coach Kevin Long have contracts that expire at the end of this month.
• Rodriguez’s appeal hearing is ongoing. It went though the week but did not finish, and it now seems likely that there will not be a resolution until sometime this winter. In other words, it might be a while before the Yankees have any clarity about Rodriguez’s contract and his availability.
• One other twist in the A-Rod story: The New York Times reported this weekend that Rodriguez requested in August that the Players Association stop representing him in the appeal hearing. Rodriguez reportedly made it clear that he did not think the MLBPA was fighting for his best interests.
• The Yankees made their first move of the offseason by outrighting left-handed reliever Mike Zagurski off the roster.
• Cashman made it clear that the Yankees are interested in re-signing both Robinson Cano and Hiroki Kuroda. He also expects Michael Pineda to be healthy enough to compete for a rotation spot in spring training.
• Whether it’s posturing or not, Dodgers partial owner Magic Johnson told reporters this week that the Dodgers will not enter the bidding for Cano, taking the game newest big spenders — apparently — out of the running for the Yankees top free agent.
• Mariano Rivera was named a finalist for two Players Choice Awards: The Marvin Miller Man of the Year and the American League Comeback Player of the Year.
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