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A-Rod scheduled to interview with MLB on Friday

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 14, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

This is the final day of the GM Meetings. Might as well kick it off with a little Alex Rodriguez update.

Alex RodriguezORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez is tentatively scheduled for an investigatory interview with Major League Baseball on Friday in New York, according to a person familiar with the process, which would enable the Yankees third baseman to testify at his grievance next week.

The interview could be called off, the person said Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.

Rodriguez was suspended for 211 games by MLB on Aug. 5 for alleged violations of the sport’s drug agreement and labor contract, and the players’ association filed a grievance to overturn the penalty. The case, being heard by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, is scheduled to resume Monday.

The three-time AL MVP said four years ago that he used performance-enhancing drugs while with the Texas Rangers from 2001-03, but he has denied using them since. At the time of his suspension, MLB said the penalty was for “use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone over the course of multiple years” and for “engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the office of the commissioner’s investigation.”

Rodriguez was called in for an interview by MLB in July. In a 1980 grievance involving Ferguson Jenkins, arbitrator Raymond Goetz ruled the pitcher had a right to not incriminate himself because legal charges were pending, and that MLB could not discipline him for refusing to answer its questions.

MLB has been expected to assert that Rodriguez should not be allowed to testify at his grievance if he first refused to answer MLB’s questions at the investigatory interview.

The person said MLB has threatened A-Rod with additional discipline if he answers questions at an interview and denies using PEDs during the period in question. It is not clear if additional discipline could be combined with the current grievance.

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62 Responses to “A-Rod scheduled to interview with MLB on Friday”

  1. austinmac November 14th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Cabral with his 5.50 ERA is our lefty. That is encouraging. Why are fans okay with so many roster spots declining?

  2. austinmac November 14th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    5.50 ERA in AA I should have said.

  3. MTU November 14th, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Who cares ?

    Just render a decision.

    Let’s be done with this nightmare.

    My only interest is how much extra the Yankees will have to spend.

    ;)

  4. MTU November 14th, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Mac-

    He’s better than that IMO.

    Especially if he is used strictly as a LOOGY.

  5. MTU November 14th, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Mac-

    I’m not OK w it. I’m just a realist and a skeptic.

    ;)

  6. blake November 14th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    MTU,

    I love spare ribs…..I cook more baby backs cause the wife likes them better but for me it’s hard to beat a good slab of St. Louis cut spares

  7. MTU November 14th, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Blake-

    The deal w my friend was he cooks ‘em and I give him half the bounty.

    He gets one rack and I get the other.

  8. blake November 14th, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Sign Cano, sign Tanka and Kuroda, sign Peralta and try to get either Grandy or Kubel to fill an outfield spot.

    Keep the draft pick…..stay under 189….and just see what happens in 2014.

    Then perhaps the system will have progressed and you can jump back in and try to win a title in 2015.

    Either do this or go all in for 2014 and by this I mean sign Choo, McCann, Beltran, Drew/Perslta, Tanaka etc…..

    Half way is no good…..all in or all out.

  9. blake November 14th, 2013 at 9:15 am

    MTU,
    For spares lately I’ve been cookin them at 275 for 2-2.5 hours and then wrapping them in foil with some squeeze butter, honey, brown sugar and spicy BBQ sauce…..letting them cook foiled for another 1.5-2 hours or until tender them unwrapping and glazing with sauce for 15-20 minutes unwrapped.

    They’ll be dang near perfect if you friend does this and keeps the temp even

  10. MTU November 14th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Thanks for the formula Blake.

    I think he is really good at ribs and salmon.

    Those are his specialties.

    ;)

  11. blake November 14th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    @KenDavidoff: There’s significant determination to complete A-Rod’s appeal hearing against #MLB by Thanksgiving. #Yankees http://t.co/fv8d5eh564

    Please!

  12. MTU November 14th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Yeah. I’m thinking it almost has to be a better year down on the Farm.

    Just by default.

    Expecting progression from J-Ram, Banuelos, Montgomery, and at least one of our 4 young OF’ers.

    And of course, from JR and Sanchez.

    ;)

  13. AAA November 14th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Sign Cano, sign Tanka and Kuroda, sign Peralta and try to get either Grandy or Kubel to fill an outfield spot.

    Keep the draft pick…..stay under 189….and just see what happens in 2014.

    ===================================

    Don’t think you can do all this and stay under $189M. I think it’s EITHER Grandy or Peralta (who is massively overrated).

  14. MTU November 14th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    I’m hoping they can get Kuroda.

    Going to be a problem if they can’t.

    Fingers crossed once again.

    ;)

  15. blake November 14th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    “Don’t think you can do all this and stay under $189M. I think it’s EITHER Grandy or Peralta (who is massively overrated).”

    Depends on what happens with Alex….if he gets suspended all season then they might could squeeze all that or close under.

    Cano, Kuroda , and Tananka will cost around 50 million combined I think…..that’d leave 30ish million to spend on other stuff.

    I think Peralta is decent player but he’s a good for for their needs

  16. jacksquat November 14th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    austinmac November 14th, 2013 at 9:01 am
    Cabral with his 5.50 ERA is our lefty. That is encouraging. Why are fans okay with so many roster spots declining?

    This has been decided already? I must have missed it…

  17. MTU November 14th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    If the Yankees happen to be thinking that they can count on Tanaka to be an instant #2 or 3 I think they are making a big mistake IMO.

    You can’t jut pencil him in like that w/o knowing how he will perform in the States.

    That is why Kuroda is so important.

    And Nova as well.

  18. blake November 14th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    The dodgers will get Tanaka anyway

  19. 86w183 November 14th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    The Yanks are a conga line of unknowns… Jeter, A-Rod, CC, Tex, Wells/Ichiro, Cervelli, Betances,Banuelos, D-Rob as closer…… need I go on?

    Most if not all of the moves they make this off-season will involve question marks. That’s usually the case anyway.

    Infante, Pierzinski and Peralta combined would probably cost less AAV than Cano. Which makes more business/baseball sense? Which makes the Yankees a better team?

  20. Ys Guy November 14th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    there is no arod in team.

  21. MTU November 14th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Blake-

    I don’t think so.

    I think the Yankees want him.

    You’ll see a brief moment of financial muscle flexing IMO.

    I don’t think they are going to be out bid. They see the value and the potential.

    The final price is likely to be the avg. of the 2 highest any way so that might save them some money.

    ;)

  22. MTU November 14th, 2013 at 9:53 am

    86-

    Getting them all and throwing 189 out the window.

    :)

  23. Ys Guy November 14th, 2013 at 9:54 am

    “Hal taking a more active role in Yanks’ daily business”
    http://nypost.com/2013/11/13/h.....-business/

    …but won’t that get in the way of levine’s interfering with cashman doing his job?

  24. Chip November 14th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I would make the deal for Freese regardless of the Alex decision. Worst case scenario, you add Freese and Alex isn’t suspended so you move Alex to DH and play Freese at 3b.

    I have no problem with them passing on Brian Wilson

    If the team re-signs Brendan Ryan then I would say dealing Eduardo Nunez becomes a distinct possibility.

    I would not get into a bidding war for Carlos Beltran; but if the Yankees do sign him then Vernon Wells and Ichiro have to be gone before spring training.

  25. MTU November 14th, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Good seeing you Chip.

    :)

  26. Ys Guy November 14th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    arod did prove that if he were healthy, he could probably still play.

    but he also proved that he’s not going to be able to stay healthy.

    1st 4 seasons with yankees : 157 games/year average
    next 3 seasons; 133 games/year average
    last 3 seasons; 88 games/year average

  27. blake November 14th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    MTU,
    I think the yanks may want him but think the dodgers or someone else may be more aggressive in making the outlier type bid that may be necessary to win this thing.

    Remember under the new rule if you bid 80 million and win you won’t have to pay 80 million……only the average of the top 2 bids……

  28. blake November 14th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    I can see the yanks bidding 60 and the Dodgers bidding 80 and them getting him for 70.

    Kershaw, Grienke, and Tanaka would give them some front 3

  29. jacksquat November 14th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I wonder if there is any possibility Kershaw gets to free agency for 2015…

  30. Tackelberry November 14th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    in 2 years, Austin Jackson becomes Free agent. Scott Boras is his advisor. Thats when we get him back,

  31. Ys Guy November 14th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    if i were kershaw id be pushing the dodgers hard for a huge extension. he only made $11M in 2013, he’s worth twice that. (he was the 4th highest paid pitcher on the dodgers)

    i guess the only leverage he has is to threaten to not negotiate if he’s not extended before the end of 2014, then go F/A.

    i just cant imagine the dodgers ever letting him go.

  32. Jerkface November 14th, 2013 at 10:40 am

    and then sticking the whole thing right back up MLB’s butt next winter at a tax rate of 17.5% instead of 50%!!

    How is this ‘sticking it right back up MLB’s butt’? You realize you’re talking about a difference of only 13 million @ 230 million luxury taxable payroll. Most of which would have gone to player pensions/healthcare. Do you think MLB is going to give a crap about 13 million dollars? Do you think the Yankees should give a crap about 13 million dollars rather than just making a very good team?

    The luxury tax is a marginal tax on overages over a set limit.

  33. trisha - true pinstriped blue November 14th, 2013 at 10:42 am

    “The dodgers will get Tanaka anyway”

    I’m fearing this is right. I’m hoping it’s not.

    *************

    This has driven me crazy about the Yanks for a while. While I have nothing against Carlos Beltran, unless they are thinking about real short-term contracts, it seems that for whatever reason, the Yanks have gotten some of their “desired” players well after their prime. I know George did it with a few players, and I’m thinking he did I because he decided he was going to win at some point, and so he did. Randy Johnson comes to mind. They got Giambi when he was 31, which isn’t necessarily over the hill, but he had his last good season that first year and then stuck around for 6 more. Maybe it’s necessity at some point, as in the person is under contract until that point, but there are other times when it’s just waiting a little too long.

    And maybe it’s not their fault. When I mentioned this about Beltran before, someone said they didn’t want to take a flyer on him because he had leg injuries. Obviously that’s a legitimate reason.

  34. 86w183 November 14th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Who’s to know what Kershaw is thinking.

    He’s from Texas, maybe he’d like to be closer to home.

    He may want to quit batting and seek an American League team.

    He turns 26 in March so after the 2014 season he would be the most attractive FA in the history of the game…. at least until/unless Trout becomes a FA.

    Why not play the field? I’d want to.

  35. Jerkface November 14th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    By missing the playoffs the Yankees missed out on a potential 90 million dollars (prolly more at this point).

    Starting in 2014 every team in baseball gets an extra 25 million dollars to spend thanks to the new national TV deals MLB signed. Thats already more than any tax would cost at 230 million payroll.

  36. Jerkface November 14th, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Giambi isn’t a good example because they got him the moment he hit free agency. Randy Johnson, Carlos Beltran (their interest this season), Ichiro, Sheffield are better examples.

  37. trisha - true pinstriped blue November 14th, 2013 at 10:47 am

    If anyone has knowledge of the international bidding system, help me out here.

    I believe that the team that posts the highest amount wins the right to negotiate with the player.

    Use this as a hypothetical. The Yankees bid the highest, but Tanaka really wants to play for the Dodgers. If Tanaka refuses the Yankees highest offer, can Tanaka then go to the Dodgers for less? If Tanaka were to refuse the Yankees offer and then go to the Dodgers (however that would have to be done), do the Dodgers have to give the Yankees anything in terms of the posted amount, or are the Yankees out of that money?

    Thanks.

  38. Jerkface November 14th, 2013 at 10:50 am

    If the player refuses he goes back to Japan. An NPB fan acquaintance of mine says that the new posting system is going to be exclusive negotiating rights with the top bidder, bid will be average of top 2 bids, if you fail to sign player you pay a percent penalty to the team, if the player fails to sign they go back to Japan. And this will be in place for 2 years.

  39. spidanyc November 14th, 2013 at 10:50 am

    blake November 14th, 2013 at 10:09 am
    I can see the yanks bidding 60 and the Dodgers bidding 80 and them getting him for 70.

    Kershaw, Grienke, and Tanaka would give them some front 3

    ——————————————————————————————————–

    Kershaw, Grienke, Tanaka and Ryu would be some front 4

  40. trisha - true pinstriped blue November 14th, 2013 at 10:54 am

    “Giambi isn’t a good example because they got him the moment he hit free agency. Randy Johnson, Carlos Beltran (their interest this season), Ichiro, Sheffield are better examples.”

    Okay. Even Kenny Lofton is an example. But they got him coming off a really good season with the Cubs. And he picked it up after he left the Ys, batting 303 when he was 40. Makes me think he had gotten his hands on a little bit of help in his career…

  41. blake November 14th, 2013 at 10:54 am

    “By missing the playoffs the Yankees missed out on a potential 90 million dollars (prolly more at this point).”

    Yup…..stupid. But at this point that doesn’t matter anymore…..the problem is that I’m not sure they can field a title contending team even if they do go over 189 now……I mean it’s possible but they’d have to land a lot of players, probably more than is realistic.

    If they cannot do it then I’m in favor of just essentially punting 2014….gettin under the cap and keeping the draft pick.

    To me that would be better than tying up long term money, losing the draft pick and still losing anyway.

    Hal is gonna get under the cap at some point ….whether it be this year or next so if they can’t win just get it over with and build for 2015

  42. ant928 November 14th, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Blake/MTU

    As a suggestion (I compete on the BBQ circuit for fun) try three hours for 225 – 250 with a rub…then foiled with your “stuff” for two (but also think new stuff in the package.like quartered onion, garlic, apple…though I like the way you think) and them unwrap for an hour and do the glaze during the last 20 or so…

    My specialty is butt and shoulder but that’s how we do it on the team.

  43. trisha - true pinstriped blue November 14th, 2013 at 10:55 am

    jerkface, wow. Thanks for that info. So a player can’t screw around with the system and go to another team that he likes better. That’s good to know.

  44. Jerkface November 14th, 2013 at 10:56 am

    By not signing anyone useful to be under contract by this point, or trading anyone for prospects that could help at this point, they have really put themselves in a bind. The team isn’t in a position where signing a few key free agents bolsters them to a contender. They need A LOT of players.

    Thats why I said their 189 plan was always dumb. They were going about it where it was basically guaranteed to suck for the year it was implemented.

  45. mick November 14th, 2013 at 10:59 am

    This plan is starting to look like obamacare.

  46. 86w183 November 14th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Gotta run… need to find some upbeat people !

    Have a day all, don’t be so dour…. you’re pouting about a team that you have no idea what it will look like. Hope for the best… plenty of time to brood if they screw up the off-season.

    To me screwing up would be another year or duct tape and bailing wire on one-year short term fixes.

    I’m fine with a spending frenzy (there IS enough talent out there to make a huge impact) and I’m fine with not signing anyone of note, speeding up the process of playing the kids and planning for a total rebuild with only A-Rod, Tex and CC signed for 2015.

    Have a day! SeeYa Later

  47. Chip November 14th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    My guess is that Tanaka will end up with the Yankees. The cynic in me says that he will then proceed to blow out his shoulder in spring training.

  48. Chip November 14th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Jerkface November 14th, 2013 at 10:56 am

    By not signing anyone useful to be under contract by this point, or trading anyone for prospects that could help at this point, they have really put themselves in a bind. The team isn’t in a position where signing a few key free agents bolsters them to a contender. They need A LOT of players.

    Thats why I said their 189 plan was always dumb. They were going about it where it was basically guaranteed to suck for the year it was implemented.
    ————————-

    So what you’re saying is that poor player development and bad contracts aren’t good for a team’s future? Profound :-)

  49. blake November 14th, 2013 at 11:14 am

    “As a suggestion (I compete on the BBQ circuit for fun) try three hours for 225 – 250 with a rub…then foiled with your “stuff” for two (but also think new stuff in the package.like quartered onion, garlic, apple…though I like the way you think) and them unwrap for an hour and do the glaze during the last 20 or so…”

    Hey thanks! I’ve played around with temps a lot and do cook at 225-250 a lot especially with butts and things like that. I used to do the 3-2-1 deal like you’re saying for spares a lot but I was finding at least on the egg they’d get overcooked often with long long in the foil ……more than one way to skin a rib and I’m sure yours are awesome….do you make your own sauces etc?

  50. blake November 14th, 2013 at 11:17 am

    By not signing anyone useful to be under contract by this point, or trading anyone for prospects that could help at this point, they have really put themselves in a bind. The team isn’t in a position where signing a few key free agents bolsters them to a contender. They need A LOT of players.”

    They either need to sign a lot of players or avoid putting themselves in a further bind by not signing anybody other than maybe cano and tanaka.

    It may be just to difficult to compete in 2014 no matter how much they spend

  51. Chip November 14th, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Blake,

    It shouldn’t be that tough.

    Boston had a great year but a lot of it was built on some luck in terms of both health and performances. For example, I highly doubt Koji is going to be that unhittable again in 2014. Napoli’s hip held up but as we’ve seen with Alex, degenerative hip conditions don’t improve. They’re losing their starting CF and SS and though they have Bogarts and Bradley in house to replace them, neither are locks to perform as well as the guys they are losing.

    The O’s and Rays also have holes all over the place. I think the idea of the Yankees running away and hiding with the division by mid August isn’t as realistic as it was maybe 5 years ago, but I do think that with a few smart moves and some better luck with health they’ll be right in this thing.

  52. Russell Munson November 14th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    ” The team isn’t in a position where signing a few key free agents bolsters them to a contender. They need A LOT of players.”

    They are going to cost themselves hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue from 2013 through probably at least 2015. Lower attendance, lower rating, no postseason revenue. And they’re going to hurt the value of the franchise to.

    All to save much less than that by getting under the cap.

    It is amazing how short-sighted this “plan” of theirs was.

  53. blake November 14th, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Boston had a better and younger core of players already signed and more money they could spend too……plus what they did was very unusual and a lot of luck was involved….they got huge bounce backs from key players in addition to the signing they made.

  54. Chip November 14th, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Look at it this way – if Alex isn’t suspended and the only moves the Yankees can afford to make are to retain Cano, Granderson and Kuroda (as well as a few fringe guys like Ryan and maybe Reynolds), this is the team they’ll open with assuming health:

    CF – Gardner
    SS – Jeter
    2b – Cano
    1b – Tex
    LF – Soriano
    3b – Alex
    DH – Granderson
    RF – Almonte
    C – Romine

    Bench: Ichiro, Reynolds, Ryan, Cervelli/Murphy

    Rotation:
    Sabathia
    Kuroda
    Nova
    Pineda
    Phelps/Warren

    Pen: Phelps/Warren, Kelley, Claiborne, Betances, Robertson, Cabral, Nuno

  55. blake November 14th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I think most of us would argue their actions the last couple of years were short sided and dumb.

    But that’s in the past and now that they have done it I almost wish they’d just get under the cap and get it over with so Hal can get that out of his system and also so 2013 wasn’t a complete waste.

    If they go over now and still fail to field a contender then it was all for nothing……if they bust the budget now then it needs to be for real and project 189 needs to be scrapped for at least a couple of years…..and they need to be all in and spend a ton for next year……I’m talkin sign everybody.

    If they aren’t willing to do that then just hold ….keep the pick….get under the cap….and look towards 2015

  56. tucker November 14th, 2013 at 11:51 am

    My fear is Budget Hal is the real Hal. The Yanks had a spending splurge before the 2009 season, perhaps to appease the old man.

    But Hal has since tightened the purse strings, even before there was a new CBA or 189. What gives anybody any hope that the Yanks will once again spend when they reset their tax rate? Maybe this is who the Hal-led Yanks will continue to be — a team that will toe the line on spending to avoid paying taxes. I’m not as optimistic as some who believe the Yanks will reopen the spigot in 2015 … And as Mac correctly points out, even If they spend in 2015, there’s no guarantee the talent will be there to acquire.

    So, perhaps those scouts should heed Hal’s advice and look for better players.

  57. bigdan22 November 14th, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Some minor league experts should do a farm system ranking where only the rosters from AA and AAA are used. I think the results would be very interesting. You’d see which teams are positioned for a real influx of young home grown talent. You’d also see which teams have the most minor league tradable assets. Would def help in understanding the trade market, especially potential three-way trades.

  58. blake November 14th, 2013 at 11:54 am

    “Some minor league experts should do a farm system ranking where only the rosters from AA and AAA are used”

    They are all suspects until they get to AA and do something

  59. Against All Odds November 14th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    It is amazing how short-sighted this “plan” of theirs was.

    ——————————

    Very short sighted and those in the media just ate it up as gospel. “They have to get under the tax the implications are severe ” _ Francesa

  60. blake November 14th, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Very short sighted and those in the media just ate it up as gospel. “They have to get under the tax the implications are severe ” _ Francesa”

    The missing the playoffs implications are a lot worse than the tax implications…..Hal wanted his cake and eat it too and the team isn’t ready

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