Alex Rodriguez appealed the 211-game suspension handed down by Major League Baseball. The resolution will begin in New York on September 30, reports ESPN’s Andrew Marchand. The 30th is the day after the regular season ends. If the Yankees — nine games out of first place in the AL East and 2.5 games behind the second Wild Card — happen to make the playoffs, the hearing could be postponed for a later date when Rodriguez would be available.
Rodriguez received the largest suspension, by far, of anyone involved in the Biogenesis scandal. He spent most of the season recovering from hip surgery to repair a torn labrum. He rehabbed from June 30 through August 3 before making his 2013 Major League debut on August 5 against the White Sox. Since returning, he has posted an .826 OPS with four home runs (giving him 651 in his career) in 113 plate appearances.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports Thursday that the Orioles “are said to have begun fielding calls of interest” on superstar Manny Machado and “are close to the point of seriously weighing whether to trade him.”
You’d think it would be a no-brainer for the last-place O’s to flip Machado — an impending free agent — for prospects, but Heyman notes there is “still a question whether or not longtime Orioles owner Peter Angelos” will give the go-ahead. One person familiar with the situation put it a “50-50” likelihood. Another suggested that it would take a massive return, which, sure.
Machado entered play Thursday with a sensational .328/.405/.635 batting line, 15 home runs, and an MLB-leading 43 RBI in 49 games. It’d be a real shock if he’s still wearing an O’s uniform by the end of July.
Heyman reported previously that at least nine teams made aggressive plays for Machado this winter, including the Cubs, Phillies, Dodgers, Indians, Diamondbacks, Yankees, Red Sox, White Sox, and Cardinals. A whole lot of those teams still make sense here in late May — maybe all of them except the White Sox.