Alex Rodriguez suspension reduced to 162 games
Rodriguez plans to appeal to federal courts, but the MLBPA has already indicating that they consider the decision "final and binding." In other words, A-Rod is on his own in federal court, where his chances are considered somewhere between low and nonexistent.
The Yankees have to be pleased, and with A-Rod suspended, almost his entire $25 million salary from 2014 comes off their books. For luxury tax purposes though, they will be charged $3.2 million, the value of the Yankees off days, because the suspension is officially 162 games and not one full season.
The biggest loser in this deal isn't A-Rod though, it's the MLBPA. Arbitrator Frederic Horowitz basically agreed with MLB's arbitrary penalties, as well as the shady things they did in their investigation. The fact that the Players Association didn't fight that hard for A-Rod sets a dangerous precedent. It may not have been popular to do so, but they had to send a message to baseball that these kind of behavior wasn't going to fly. In the future, the PA may have ceded a significant amount of power.
For now though, A-Rod is gone for 2014, and I'm just going to sit back and let the rest of you celebrate, but make no mistake, this is bad for just about all involved, including the game of baseball.