Source: Yankees president Randy Levine on list of witnesses at Alex Rodriguez hearing
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The Yankees have tried to distance themselves from Alex Rodriguez's arbitration hearing, but a source said club president Randy Levine is on a list of witnesses given to arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.
Horowitz, who is presiding over Rodriguez's appeal of his 211-game suspension imposed by Major League Baseball in the Biogenesis probe, will determine how many of the nearly two dozen witnesses submitted by Rodriguez's attorneys will actually testify.
The hearing resumed Monday at MLB's offices on Park Avenue. After the approximately seven-hour meeting, Rodriguez left through a side entrance and did not comment.
MLB says Rodriguez received performance-enhancing drugs from Biogenesis, a now-closed anti-aging clinic in Miami. Rodriguez was suspended on Aug. 5 but appealed the suspension and was allowed to play.
Rodriguez has implied that the Yankees stood to gain if he was not playing. Just before his suspension Rodriguez said, "There are a lot of layers. I will say this: There is more than one party that benefits from me not ever stepping back on the field. And that's not my teammates and it's not the Yankee fans." The Yankees owe Rodriguez $89 million.
The Yankees quickly responded in a statement two days later, saying, "We are compelled to address certain reckless and false allegations concerning the Yankees' role in this matter. The New York Yankees in no way instituted and/or assisted MLB in the direction of this investigation; or used the investigation as an attempt to avoid its responsibilities under a player contract; or did its medical staff fail to provide the appropriate standard of care to Alex Rodriguez."
A source said there is nothing for Levine to testify about because the team had nothing to do with the investigation.
MLB issued a statement Monday night: "We have been very clear that we did not discuss with the Yankees Mr. Rodriguez's contract when determining his discipline."