MLB News and Rumors: A-Rod to miss the 2014 season
In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI.
Here are the stories from Saturday, January 11th.
- Alex Rodriguez's appeal resulted in a suspension of one full season, including the playoffs. The decision was made Saturday afternoon and Rodriguez has already made it known that he plans to appeal this decision as well. Rodriguez was originally handed a 211-game suspension that has now been lowered to 162 games. A-Rod's suspension will save the Yankees close to $25 million for the 2014 season.
Other News and Notes
- Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reported that Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said at a luncheon on Friday that the team is unlikely to re-sign Nelson Cruz or sign Masahiro Tanaka.
- Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News said that Tanaka has returned to Japan after meeting with several Major League teams in the U.S. over the past few days.
- Carlos Gonzalez had surgery for appendicitis, and his recovery time is expected to be six weeks.
- The Long Island Ducks of the Independent League have invited A-Rod to play with them during the 2014 season.
- According to Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500, the Twins have shown interest in free agent infielders Mark Reynolds and Justin Turner.
- Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York noted that the Yankees also have interest in bringing back Reynolds, and they may also look to sign Michael Young to fill A-Rod's spot.
- Shi Davidi of SportsNet.ca tweeted that Jason Bay doesn't see a situation where he can continue to play. Bay said that he is "essentially retiring."
- Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish tweeted that the Rangers are making progress on a deal with starter Jerome Williams. Cotillo said that talks between Texas and Williams intensified after the Derek Holland injury.
- Anthony Andro of FOX Sports reported that the Rangers have told pitcher Tanner Scheppers to arrive at Spring Training ready to start or relieve due to the injury to Holland.
- Holland told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com that his surgeon informed him that he may have injured his knee years ago without realizing it, and his incident this week may have just re-aggravated it. Holland also said that the injury occurred while playing with his dog on the steps.
As for Justin Turner, I'd like to see the Tribe land him on a minor league deal with incentives. I'm guessing he might still get a big league deal though. He can play all four INF spots and LF, bats RH and should be fairly reasonable in price. Overall, a solid but unspectacular bench player.