Report: A-Rod to skip Houston trip UPDATED

It looks like tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays will be Alex Rodriguez‘s last game as a Yankee for a while. The team has granted him permission to stay home and prepare for his arbitration hearing instead of going to Houston for the last series of the season.

When arbitration begins on Monday, Rodriguez will be backed by an expensive team of attorneys who will do what they can to discredit Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch, who has cooperated with MLB, turning over a trove of documents and personal communications that baseball says reflect Rodriguez as a shameless violator of the league’s anti-doping policies.

The Rodriguez legal team will work with attorneys from the MLB Players Association, who will try to persuade independent arbitrator Fredric Horowitz to reduce the historic ban. More than a dozen other players were suspended in August and most have now
served their punishment, but A-Rod remains a holdout.

Rodriguez could still theoretically settle with the league and perhaps even end up with a shorter suspension if he confesses to doping, but after previous admissions that he doped more than a decade ago when he was with the Texas Rangers, a new confession would cast a shadow of fraudulence over an entire decade of his career.

In the article they made it a point to mention that Derek Jeter would be making the trip to Houston which makes sense, you know, because he’s played with Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera for 20 years – minor leagues included. Of course, the DN is turning it into one last Jeter vs. A-Rod jab. Figures.

UPDATE 3:30 P.M.:

Hmmmm, okay.

Stay tuned because who knows what to believe anymore.