(Photo courtesy of Sweeny Murti)
The sides were back together yesterday for the continuation of Alex Rodriguez's suspension appeal against Major League Baseball. After not being well enough to make it to New York for a scheduled interview with MLB last Friday, The Horse was in good enough shape to rejoin his legal team yesterday (yay!).
This is supposed to be the final session for this hearing and the early word is that it will go continuously through the next 10 days if needed. No breaks, no taking weekends off, it sounds like the goal is to get the hearing wrapped up by Thanksgiving so the arbitrator can take his time needed to consider everything and hand down his ruling. That could take another 3-4 weeks, which would push the decision into late December, after the Winter Meetings are over. A-Rod, Bud Seling, and Randy Levine could all be called to testify during this session.
The Yankees have been saying all along that they're operating under the assumption that A-Rod and his salary will be around next season, but their aggressive actions on the free agent market speak otherwise. If something unexpected happens and A-Rod's suspension is completely lifted, we'll see how true those "payroll goal" statements really are.