As the day for arbitrator Fredric Horowitz to rule on Alex Rodriguez's appeal of his 211-game ban draws near -- some think it could come as soon as Friday -- the New York Yankees slugger has discussed the possibility of accepting a reduced ban, according to a source in A-Rod's camp.

A suspension longer than 100 games likely will lead Rodriguez to pursue a temporary restraining order against Horowitz's ruling, the source said. If given a shorter suspension, "then Alex will have some things to think about," the source told

Taking his battle to court will cost Rodriguez "at least $10 million, with no guarantee of winning," said the source. A 100-game ban would cost him $15,425,000 of his scheduled $25 million salary for 2014. "All of this has been presented to Alex," the source said.

Major League Baseball and the players' association declined to provide information as to when Horowitz might announce his decision.

  • Detroit ace Justin Verlander underwent muscle repair surgery, but general manager Dave Dombrowski fully anticipates "Justin to participate in spring training." The first workout for pitchers and catchers is Feb. 14. The Tigers did not identify the "core muscle" that was repaired.

  • Free agent Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka arrived in the United States to meet with MLB teams. Clubs have until 2 p.m. (PT) on Jan. 24 to sign the 25-year-old right-hander. Tanaka was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last season for the Japan Series champion Rakuten Golden Eagles, who made him available under the new posting system. The Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks are reportedly interested.


    Sang-Moon Bae made seven birdies in pristine conditions for a bogey-free 63 and the first-round lead in the Sony Open in Honolulu. Chris Kirk shot a 29 on the back nine at Waialae Country Club and was a shot behind in the PGA Tour's first full-field event of 2014. John Daly was in the group at 66, while Masters champion Adam Scott shot a 67.

    Zach Johnson, who won the Tournament of Champions last week at Kapalua, had a 68.

  • Raphael Jacquelin shot a 5-under 67 in windy conditions to take the Volvo Champions lead at Durban Country Club (South Africa). Defending champion Louis Oosthuizen had a 68. Race to Dubai leader Thomas Bjorn was last in the field of 36 at 79.


    Roma coach Rudi Garcia says midfielder Michael Bradley, 26, is on the verge of joining Toronto FC. Italian media reported Roma accepted an offer of $9.5 million for Bradley from the MLS club. Bradley, a star with the U.S. national team, is in his second season with Roma. He's started just five of 19 league matches this season, when he was sidelined for a month by a sprained ankle. Bradley, the son of former U.S. coach Bob Bradley, began his pro career with the MLS MetroStars.

  • Chivas USA named Colorado assistant Wilmer Cabrera as its new coach. He succeeds Jose Luis Real, who returned to the team's parent Mexican league club Chivas of Guadalajara. Chivas USA was 6-20-8 in 2013.


    Ray Anderson, a Stanford and Harvard Law School graduate before becoming an attorney and, later, an NFL executive, was named Arizona State's athletic director. He replaces Steve Patterson, who left in November to become A.D. at Texas.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.