1/11 roundup

The Hot Stove was quiet on Saturday as all eyes were focused on arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, who ruled that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will be suspended for the entire 2014 season.

Rodriguez initially received a 211-game suspension based on his connections with performance-enhancing drugs and the now-shuttered Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in South Florida. Although his suspension was reduced, it is still the longest drug suspension and longest non-lifetime suspension in Major League Baseball history.

MLB released a statement, as did the Players Association.

MLB.com’s Richard Justice writes that Rodriguez is now a cautionary tale, while Mike Bauman opines that justice prevailed.

With the Rodriguez situation officially addressed, the Yankees now need to search for a replacement for the third baseman.

Other non-Rodriguez news and notes from Saturday:

  • Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is OK after undergoing an appendectomy late Friday night.
  • Outfielder Jason Bay is reportedly planning to retire.
  • One day after undergoing knee surgery that will keep him out until midseason, Rangers left-hander Derek Holland said he’s trying to stay positive, within this notebook.
  • Red Sox pitching prospect Rubby De La Rosa is hoping for big things in 2014.


– Cash Kruth

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