New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez dropped a lawsuit challenging his full-season suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs, signaling his possible acceptance of the punishment as his team prepares to begin spring training next week.
The Milwaukee Brewers and free agent pitcher Matt Garza have reached an agreement on a four-year contract worth $52 million, Fox Sports reports, citing an unidentified person familiar with the negotiations.
The New York Yankees gave Japan’s Masahiro Tanaka the fifth-richest contract for a pitcher in Major League Baseball history in an effort to bolster their starting staff after missing the playoffs last season for just the second time in the past 19 years.
Masahiro Tanaka, the Japanese pitcher who went 24-0 last year, is headed for a major payday in the U.S. Hiroshi Mikitani, the Internet billionaire whose company has rights to Tanaka, won’t fare nearly as well.
Alex Rodriguez will sit out the entire 2014 season for violating Major League Baseball’s performance-enhancing-drug policy, after an independent arbitrator reduced his original 211-game ban on an appeal.