Told MLB is expecting decision on ARod appeal very early in January, possibly right after New Year’s.It's been one of many slow-playing offseason storylines for the Yankees, but a resolution to the Alex Rodriguez steroid suspension saga could finally be coming. According to a report earlier today by Bob Klapisch, Major League Baseball is expecting the arbitrator to hand down his decision "very early in January, possibly right after New Year's."
— Bob Klapisch (@BobKlap) December 23, 2013
This is in line with some other reports/theories that have been floating around the Yankosphere lately. The timeline for a decision was always set in early-to-mid January after the hearing wrapped up last month, and with HOF announcement set for January 8th, the prevailing thought is that MLB would want to get the A-Rod announcement out of the way early or late enough to not distract from that.
As far as the Yankees are concerned, a post-New Year's decision would be ideal. They've put the brakes on their offseason activity since their payroll started creeping close to the luxury tax ceiling, and probably aren't going to make any more moves to address third base or their pitching staff until they know how much of A-Rod's money is going to be coming off the books. If this schedule holds, it will put an end to a long, bizarre, frustrating, and often entertaining part of the 2013 offseason.