All the talk around the New York Yankees and Major League Baseball the past 72 hours has revolved around Alex Rodriguez. On Saturday, arbitrator Fredric Horowitz announced that while Rodriguez’s suspension would be lowered, it would still have the Yankees’ third baseman miss an entire season. There was an interview on 60 minutes with the founder of Biogenesis, Anthony Bosch, revealing all of his text messages and encounters of giving Rodriguez the performance enhancing drugs. Since then, A-Rod has filed a lawsuit against MLB and the MLB Players’ Union in an attempt to get his suspension cancelled or receive an injunction to allow him to play baseball this upcoming season.
While Rodriguez has been in the news, there are other rumblings around the Yankees’ organization. The Masahiro Tanaka watch is still ongoing after teams met with Tanaka and agent Casey Close last week. There are reports that New York is one of the finalists to receive the Japanese pitcher’s services. The Yankees have also made small moves, such as signing infielder Scott Sizemore to a minor-league deal. The infield has become more in flux considering not only the Rodriguez suspension, but also the more likelihood that Mark Reynolds will not be back in 2014. Plus, Reynolds was reportedly only offered a minor-league contract.
On this special edition of the Yanks Go Yard show, we dive into all things Alex Rodriguez. My special guests for this show were staff writers Scott Alfano and Shawn McGuire. Here are the topics we touched on during the show which you can access by clicking the link below:
- Reaction to the last 72 hours on Alex Rodriguez
- The overall view of the MLB drug process
- What’s next for the Yankees involving A-Rod? Do you buy him out now?
- What to do with Rodriguez’s money that will not be on the books?
- What will A-Rod’s Yankees’ legacy be?
- Thoughts on the Tanaka Sweepstakes/Is there a Plan B?
- Grant Balfour remains on the market
- Final Yankees thoughts – Includes Paul Maholm, Johan Santana, and an interesting trade idea.