Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz does not have a specific date by when he must rule on Alex Rodriguez’s appeal of his 211-game suspension, sources familiar with the process indicated Friday.
Rodriguez was cited for violations of the joint drug agreement and Basic Agreement last August after Major League Baseball concluded its Biogenesis investigation into performance-enhancing drugs.
The joint drug agreement between MLB and the Players Association generally calls for a decision within 25 days after the conclusion of the arbitration hearing.
The hearing ended Nov. 21 but legal briefs were not completed until a month later.
Horowitz offered no timetable for his decision, a source said, and will not discuss his decision after it is announced. Horowitz could uphold, overturn or reduce the suspension.
Rodriguez is due a $3-million signing bonus by the Yankees on Jan. 15, but the Yankees are not commenting on how a potential suspension might affect that payout, which was negotiated as part of Rodriguez’s 10-year, $275-million deal with the team.
Joe Tacopina, Rodriguez’s lead attorney, has strongly suggested Rodriguez would take the matter to federal court if the suspension holds. Tacopina would need to obtain a stay of the suspension for Rodriguez to be eligible to play while the matter is adjudicated.