User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
A-Rod says suspension could be benefit

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Alex Rodriguez says his season-long suspension could be a benefit, allowing him to rest and return to the Yankees for the final three years of his contract.

Advertisement
Speaking late Wednesday in Mexico's capital during a promotional appearance, Rodriguez declined to talk specifically about his suspension for violating baseball's drug agreement and labor contract.

Rodriguez, in his first public comments since arbitrator Fredric Horowitz's decision Saturday, said he wanted to end his career with New York. Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner has declined to talk about his possible return but has called him a ''great player.''

''The 2014 season could be a big help for me,'' Rodriguez said. ''It might serve as a break and close the chapter, and begin in 2015 with my last three years under contract with the Yankees.''

Rodriguez, who will be 39 when the 2015 season opens, repeated several times that this part of his life had not been completed.

''I want to retire in New York, and I think the rest will do me good,'' he added. ''For me, the book isn't finished. There are still chapters to finish. ... Right now I haven't thought about retiring.''

Rodriguez, fifth on the career list with 654 homers sued the Major League Baseball and the players' union on Monday in an effort to overturn the decision by Horowitz, who reduced what originally was a 211-game suspension issued by Selig in August.

''This process has been taxing both mentally and physically throughout the past eight months,'' Ron Berkowitz, a spokesman for Rodriguez, said in a statement Thursday. ''Alex will abide by the rulings of the federal judge - whatever he decides - and get ready for 2015 should the judge rule against him. He will continue to move forward with his complaint which will help all players against this unfair system.''

Also speaking Wednesday night, Yankees captain Derek Jeter said he is saddened by the situation.

''The whole situation is bad,'' Jeter said at his Turn 2 Foundation golf classic in Tampa, Fla. ''The whole thing has been kind of messy.''

Jeter has been in communication with Rodriguez, but declined to say what was discussed.

''I'm sure it's a rough situation,'' Jeter said.

Hall of Famer Goose Gossage attended Jeter's event and called the Rodriguez matter unfortunate for the game and everyone involved.

''I wish A-Rod would just leave it alone and go on,'' Gossage said. ''Then see about coming back. Who knows what the future holds for A-Rod and the Yankees? I think A-Rod, probably, got what he deserved. I hate to see it happen to him, but I think the punishment fits the crime.''

Copyright 2016 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
Fowler gets $82.5M with Cardinals
Former top pick Bickford suspended
Rodney, Diamondbacks finalize deal
Moreland, Red Sox finalize $5.5M deal
Yankees straddle present and future
Winners, losers at MLB winter meetings
Red Sox sign 1st Moreland for 1 year
Twins trade top Rule 5 pick Diaz to Pads
Red Sox reunite with INF Rutledge
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2016 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 8851
Jim Feist + 4765
John Fisher + 3257
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 2523
Kevin Rogers + 1791
Jim Feist + 1589
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 3455
John Fisher + 1505
Jim Feist + 1416
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jim Feist + 3403
Antony Dinero + 2618
Micah Roberts + 2249
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 2873
Antony Dinero + 2798
James Manos + 2602
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 2836
Mark Franco + 1570
Bill Marzano + 1455
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership