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Report: Alex Rodriguez's attorneys vow to take grievance to court, release evidence

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez said he hopes to be in spring training with the team. (Getty Images) New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez said he hopes to be in spring training with the team. (Getty Images)

Representatives for New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez said they are preparing to take his grievance case into federal court regardless of how arbitrator Fredric Horowitz rules, according to ESPN.com's Wallace Matthews.

Rodriguez's team is also prepared to release evidence in the case that is supposed to be kept under wraps, according to Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement.

That evidence could include transcripts of witness testimony, sworn affidavits and whatever information was supplied to the Rodriguez team by a "whistle-blower," according to the report.

JAFFE: Alex Rodriguez departs grievance hearing, calls arbitration process ‘abusive’ and a ‘farce’

Rodriguez walked out the proceedings yesterday calling them a "farce" and implored MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to meet with him so he can face the person who is trying "ruin his legacy."

MLB slapped Rodriguez with a 211-game suspension for his alleged involvement with Biogenesis, a clinic in South Florida that was investigated for providing performance-enhancing drugs to MLB players.

Horowitz has 25 days to either uphold the original suspension, reduce it, or throw it out.

"We're going to open up everything,'' said Ron Berkowitz, a spokesman for Rodriguez. "We're going to show everything we have to the press so they can show it to the American public.''

More from ESPN.com:

A source with knowledge of the case told ESPNNewYork.com that the decision to go public with evidence that is supposed to be kept private under the confidentiality agreement in baseball's collective bargaining agreement is a sign that A-Rod's side "doesn't give a damn what Horowitz rules. They're taking this to the next level. They're like, 'Go ahead, make your ruling, and we're going to move on.''
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