Jan 12, 2014 02:45 PM
Despite his attempts to appeal the decision, it appears Alex Rodrigues will be suspended for the entire 2014 Major League Baseball season.
The 38-year-old Yankees ball player got his original drug suspension cut down to 162 games from 211 by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz on Saturday. He will also be sidelined for any postseason games this year under the ruling announced, which will cost him $25 million out of the remaining $86 million on his contract.
"The number of games sadly comes as no surprise, as the deck has been stacked against me from day one," he said. "This is one man's decision, that was not put before a fair and impartial jury, does not involve me having failed a single drug test, is at odds with the facts and is inconsistent with the terms of the Joint Drug Agreement and the Basic Agreement, and relies on testimony and documents that would never have been allowed in any court in the United States because they are false and wholly unreliable."
"No player should have to go through what I have been dealing with, and I am exhausting all options to ensure not only that I get justice, but that players' contracts and rights are protected through the next round of bargaining, and that the MLB investigation and arbitration process cannot be used against others in the future the way it is currently being used to unjustly punish me," he continued.
The three-time AL MVP was given the 211-game penalty by Commissioner Bud Selig back on Aug. 5 following the league's investigation of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic, which was accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.