Rodriguez not banned for life, still expensive

Alex Rodriguez has been suspended for 211 games, pending an appeal, for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, a number which will, if upheld, see him out of baseball until the 2015 season.

Typically, when a player is involved in a steroid story, fans of that player’s team are the ones who worry about how severe the punishment will be. Alex Rodriguez, however, presents an unusual situation.

For the Yankees and a great many of their fans, his connection to Biogenesis has provided nothing so much as hope. Hope that Rodriguez might be headed for a lifetime ban, hope that he and his albatross contract (or at least the four years and $86 million remaining on it after 2013) could disappear in the blink of an eye.

For fans of the rest of the AL East, who have been dreading the possibility of a Yankees team with that much more cash in their

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