Arbitrator cuts A-Rod suspension to 162 games

Three-time MVP Alex Rodriguez should be suspended for the 2014 season – 162 games plus any postseason games – for violating Major League Baseball rules against using and acquiring performance-enhancing drugs, an independent arbitrator ruled Saturday. The suspension is without pay and therefore will cost Rodriguez about $25 million in salary.
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Alex Rodriguez arrives at Major League Baseball headquarters in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. Rodriguez's grievance hearing to overturn his 211-game suspension resumed Monday with the first of what could be 10 straight days of sessions. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Alex Rodriguez signs autographs as he arrives at Major League Baseball headquarters in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. Rodriguez's grievance hearing to overturn his 211-game suspension resumed Monday with the first of what could be 10 straight days of sessions. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez is surrounded by supporters after leaving Major League Baseball's headquarters in New York

New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez is surrounded by supporters after leaving Major League Baseball's headquarters in New York, October 4, 2013. Yankees' Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball (MLB) and Commissioner Bud Selig and accused them of trying to destroy his reputation and his career. MLB responded to the lawsuit by issuing their own statement, denying the allegations made by Rodriguez and accusing him of trying to circumvent the grievance process of the league and its players. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW DRUGS SOCIETY SPORT BASEBALL)

New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez high fives a supporter after leaving Major League Baseball's headquarters in New York

New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez (in white) high fives a supporter after leaving Major League Baseball's headquarters in New York, October 4, 2013. Yankees' Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball (MLB) and Commissioner Bud Selig and accused them of trying to destroy his reputation and his career. MLB responded to the lawsuit by issuing their own statement, denying the allegations made by Rodriguez and accusing him of trying to circumvent the grievance process of the league and its players. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW DRUGS SOCIETY SPORT BASEBALL)

New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez poses for a photo with a supporter's child after leaving Major League Baseball's headquarters in New York

New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez poses for a photo with a supporter's child after leaving Major League Baseball's headquarters in New York, October 4, 2013. Yankees Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball (MLB) and Commissioner Bud Selig and accused them of trying to destroy his reputation and his career. MLB responded to the lawsuit by issuing their own statement, denying the allegations made by Rodriguez and accusing him of trying to circumvent the grievance process of the league and its players. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SPORT BASEBALL DRUGS SOCIETY)

New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez leaves Major League Baseball's headquarters in New York

New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez leaves Major League Baseball's headquarters in New York, October 4, 2013. Yankees' Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball (MLB) and Commissioner Bud Selig and accused them of trying to destroy his reputation and his career. MLB responded to the lawsuit by issuing their own statement, denying the allegations made by Rodriguez and accusing him of trying to circumvent the grievance process of the league and its players. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW DRUGS SOCIETY SPORT BASEBALL)

A passer-by raises his hands in support of New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez as supporters chant during a demonstration outside Major League Baseball's headquarters in New York

A passer-by raises his hands in support of New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez as supporters chant during a demonstration outside Major League Baseball's headquarters in New York, October 4, 2013. Yankees' Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball (MLB) and Commissioner Bud Selig and accused them of trying to destroy his reputation and his career. MLB responded to the lawsuit by issuing their own statement, denying the allegations made by Rodriguez and accusing him of trying to circumvent the grievance process of the league and its players. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: DRUGS SOCIETY CRIME LAW SPORT BASEBALL)

Supporters of New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez chant during a demonstration outside Major League Baseball's headquarters in New York

Supporters of New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez chant during a demonstration outside Major League Baseball's headquarters in New York, October 4, 2013. Yankees' Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball (MLB) and Commissioner Bud Selig and accused them of trying to destroy his reputation and his career. MLB responded to the lawsuit by issuing their own statement, denying the allegations made by Rodriguez and accusing him of trying to circumvent the grievance process of the league and its players. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT DRUGS SOCIETY CRIME LAW BASEBALL)

New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez poses for a photo with a supporter after leaving Major League Baseball's headquarters in New York

New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez (C, in white) poses for a photo with a supporter after leaving Major League Baseball's headquarters in New York, October 4, 2013. Yankees' Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball (MLB) and Commissioner Bud Selig and accused them of trying to destroy his reputation and his career. MLB responded to the lawsuit by issuing their own statement, denying the allegations made by Rodriguez and accusing him of trying to circumvent the grievance process of the league and its players. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW DRUGS SOCIETY SPORT BASEBALL)

New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez gets in an SUV after leaving Major League Baseball's headquarters in New York

New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez gets in an SUV after leaving Major League Baseball's headquarters in New York, October 4, 2013. Yankees slugger Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball (MLB) and Commissioner Bud Selig and accused them of trying to destroy his reputation and his career. MLB responded to the lawsuit by issuing their own statement, denying the allegations made by Rodriguez and accusing him of trying to circumvent the grievance process of the league and its players. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL CRIME LAW DRUGS SOCIETY)

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Alex Rodriguez makes a splashy arrival at the offices of Major League Baseball on Tuesday. (AP Photo)

Supporters of baseball player Alex Rodriguez chant in demonstration outside Major League Baseball's headquarters in New York

Supporters of baseball player Alex Rodriguez chant in a demonstration outside Major League Baseball's headquarters in New York, October 4, 2013. New York Yankees player Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball and its Commissioner, accusing them of improperly gathering evidence to destroy his reputation and career. Rodriguez, suspended from 211 games by Major League Baseball for doping, claims MLB interfered with his contracts and business relationships. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST)

Supporters of baseball player Alex Rodriguez chant in a demonstration outside Major League Baseball's headquarters in New York

Supporters of baseball player Alex Rodriguez chant in a demonstration outside Major League Baseball's headquarters in New York, October 4, 2013. New York Yankees player Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball and its Commissioner, accusing them of improperly gathering evidence to destroy his reputation and career. Rodriguez, suspended from 211 games by Major League Baseball for doping, claims MLB interfered with his contracts and business relationships. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST)

Supporters of baseball player Alex Rodriguez take part in a demonstration outside Major League Baseball's headquarters in New York

Supporters of baseball player Alex Rodriguez take part in a demonstration outside Major League Baseball's headquarters in New York October 4, 2013. New York Yankees player Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball and its Commissioner, accusing them of improperly gathering evidence to destroy his reputation and career. Rodriguez, suspended from 211 games by Major League Baseball for doping, claims MLB interfered with his contracts and business relationships. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL LAW)

A supporter of baseball player Alex Rodriguez chants in a demonstration outside Major League Baseball's headquarters in New York

A supporter of baseball player Alex Rodriguez chants in a demonstration outside Major League Baseball's headquarters in New York October 4, 2013. New York Yankees player Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball and its Commissioner, accusing them of improperly gathering evidence to destroy his reputation and career. Rodriguez, suspended from 211 games by Major League Baseball for doping, claims MLB interfered with his contracts and business relationships. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL LAW)

Supporters of baseball player Alex Rodriguez chant in a demonstration outside Major League Baseball's headquarters in New York

Supporters of baseball player Alex Rodriguez chant in a demonstration outside Major League Baseball's headquarters in New York October 4, 2013. New York Yankees player Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball and its Commissioner, accusing them of improperly gathering evidence to destroy his reputation and career. Rodriguez, suspended from 211 games by Major League Baseball for doping, claims MLB interfered with his contracts and business relationships. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL LAW)

Supporters of baseball player Alex Rodriguez chant in a demonstration outside Major League Baseball's headquarters in New York

Supporters of baseball player Alex Rodriguez chant in a demonstration outside Major League Baseball's headquarters in New York October 4, 2013. New York Yankees player Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball and its Commissioner, accusing them of improperly gathering evidence to destroy his reputation and career. Rodriguez, suspended from 211 games by Major League Baseball for doping, claims MLB interfered with his contracts and business relationships. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL LAW)

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez arrives at the offices of Major League Baseball, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 in New York. The grievance to overturn Rodriguez's 211-game suspension began Monday before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez arrives at the offices of Major League Baseball, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 in New York. The grievance to overturn Rodriguez's 211-game suspension began Monday before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. (AP Photo/David Karp)

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez arrives at the offices of Major League Baseball, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 in New York. The grievance to overturn Rodriguez's 211-game suspension began Monday before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez arrives at the offices of Major League Baseball, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 in New York. The grievance to overturn Rodriguez's 211-game suspension began Monday before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. (AP Photo/David Karp)

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez arrives at the offices of Major League Baseball, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 in New York. The grievance to overturn Rodriguez's 211-game suspension began Monday before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez arrives at the offices of Major League Baseball, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 in New York. The grievance to overturn Rodriguez's 211-game suspension began Monday before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. (AP Photo/David Karp)

Hearing on Alex Rodriguez grievance starts

In this photo provided by Fitzpatrick Communications, Anthony Bosch is escorted by Major League Baseball security person Ric Burnham, right, at MLB headquarters in New York, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. Bosch is the founder of the now-closed Biogenesis of America. In a hearing room before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, lawyers for the New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will argue why the 211-game suspension imposed by Major League Baseball on Aug. 5 should be overturned. Rodriguez was suspended for his involvement with the now-closed Biogenesis of America clinic in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Fitzpatrick Communications)

Hearing on Alex Rodriguez grievance starts

Alex Rodriguez leaves the offices of Major League Baseball in New York, where he argued why his 211-game suspension should be overturned, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/David Karp)