Perhaps Alex Rodriguez will play professional baseball in 2014 after all.
Saturday morning brought news that arbitrator Frederic Horowitz decided to suspend A-Rod for the entire duration of the 2014 regular season and postseason.
By Saturday afternoon, the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League had extended an offer to the maligned third basemen, which basically invites the 38-year-old to join their roster.
Here is a statement from team president and general manager Michael Pfaff:
"While some MLB suspensions have been honored by the Atlantic League in the past, if Alex Rodriguez were unable to participate in the Major Leagues this season, we would be open to exploring giving him a chance to play, stay sharp and compete against a high level of competition while helping the Ducks chase a third consecutive championship."
This kind of offer from an independent club seemed inevitable. But the quickness of it is something to definitely marvel over.
Who knows what Rodriguez will decide to do? But the allure of being able to stay in baseball shape while being so close to New York might just be appealing enough for Rodriguez to accept the deal. Or not. Time will tell.
Via Big League Stew