WHAT? NO WAY!
That is the usual reaction I get since I have been telling people that over the last few months.
Now I am not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV, but I have a friend who is, and he tells me that if Alex Rodriguez takes this to Federal Court, MLB will be embarrassed.
This is due to baseballs anti-trust exemption as a legal monopoly. Under the anti-trust exemption, Rodriguez has the right to appeal the arbitrators decision to Federal Court.
So, Team "A" heads to court with Team "Bud".
Team Bud lays out to a federal judge circumstantial evidence that they bought from a criminal, which an arbitrator on MLB's payroll used to decide against Rodriguez.
Good luck with that.
Additionally, lets not forget Ryan Braun-1. The MLB paid arbitrator sided against MLB and Braun walked. MLB then FIRED the arbitrator because of his decision.
"Your Honor, it is not unreasonable to believe that my client cannot get a fair hearing from this arbitrator due to his fear that his employment with MLB might be terminated if he decides against his employer, a past practice which was demonstrated in the Braun vs MLB case."
If Bud was smart, he and "A" would agree on a monetary settlement to a charity or just drop it all together.
Unless, Bud wants to be embarrassed as he walks out the door.