Yankees president Randy Levine denies conspiracy in Alex Rodriguez hearing

November 20, 2013 - 6:23 am

Yankees President Randy Levine took the stand on Tuesday during day 10 of Alex Rodriguez's grievance hearing and denied conspiring with Major League Baseball to suspend Rodriguez 211 games last summer. A person with knowledge of the proceedings told The Associated Press that Levine spoke for 10-15 minutes and denied any personal or financial gain he would have received by conspiring to suspend Rodriguez. He also denied communicating with MLB commissioner Bud Selig regarding Rodriguez's discipline, and telling Rodriguez's surgeon, Dr. Bryan Kelly, or anyone else, that he wanted the Yankees third baseman off the field. New York signed Rodriguez to a 10-year, $275 million contract extension in 2007. Four years and $86 million still remain, despite the fact that he may miss more than a season due to suspension, and that his production is diminishing at age 38. The hearing began before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz on Sept. 30 and resumed Monday after one month of inactivity. Rodriguez received a 211-game suspension from MLB for violating the league's drug agreement and labor contract on Aug. 5, but the appeal process allowed him to play the remainder of the season.