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Jonathan Mahler

Just How Brutal Is Baseball's Case Against A-Rod?

Baseball really doesn’t want A-Rod’s case to go to an arbitration hearing.

So the Alex Rodriguez suspension is expected any day now. If you haven't been keeping up with the rumors -- which is to say the various leaks seeping out of Major League Baseball -- the latest is that A-Rod could face a lifetime ban if he doesn't accept a deal under which he'd miss the rest of the 2013 season and all of next season.

In other words, baseball really doesn't want A-Rod's case to go to an arbitration hearing, further dragging out the saga and airing a lot of dirty laundry that the league prefers buried at the bottom of the hamper alongside Curt Schilling's bloody sock. (When one of your witnesses is the former head of a sleazy drug dispensary -- oh, and you paid for his cooperation! -- it's probably best to avoid a public hearing.)