Alex Rodriguez's arbitration hearing continued Thursday without him and his lawyers signaled their lack of faith in the proceedings by vowing to "release all of the evidence'' on Friday and preparing to take the case into federal court.
Lawyers for both sides prepared to wrap up their cases and send the New York Yankees third baseman's fate for next season and beyond into the hands of arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.
Rodriguez stormed out of the hearing Wednesday and his lawyer said they would no longer participate unless Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig agrees to testify.
A-Rod, who is appealing his 211-game drug suspension, kept his word and was a no-show at MLB's Park Avenue offices for the start of Thursday's proceedings.
---The Kansas City Royals agreed to terms Thursday with free agent left-handed starting pitcher Jason Vargas on a four-year, $32 million contract.
The deal will be finalized once Vargas passes his physical.
Vargas went 9-8 with a 4.02 ERA in 24 starts for the Los Angeles Angels last year, missing about two months midseason because of surgery to remove a blood clot from his armpit.
His best year was 2012 with the Seattle Mariners, when he went 14-11 with a 3.85 ERA.
---Javier Lopez, a key reliever on two World Series championship teams in San Francisco, is staying with the Giants.
The free agent left-hander agreed to a three-year, $13 million contract, the team announced Thursday. The deal is not finalized pending a physical, which Lopez is expected to undergo next week.
Lopez, 36, posted a 2-1 record with one save and a 1.83 ERA in 69 games for the Giants in 2013. During the past four seasons with the Giants, Lopez has a 2.26 ERA.