The hearing, which began last Monday, will run from Wednesday through Friday. When the weekend arrives, the three-man arbitrator crew will adjourn and come to a decision on A-Rod's fate sometime after the World Series ends. Independent arbitrator Frederic Horowitz is expected to cast the deciding vote in the case.
The appeal so far has been dominated by testimony from Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch. The infamous peddler of PEDs, who was cross-examined by Rodriguez's attorneys for two days, reportedly has evidence against Rodriguez that implicates him in the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
A-Rod's defense against Bosch's allegations, at the moment, appears to be that he was tricked into taking substances he believed were legal. If the evidence against A-Rod stacks up -- or even if it doesn't -- it's unclear whether this argument will hold water with the arbitration panel.
Rodriguez, who is staring down the barrel of a 211-game suspension by MLB, made attempts to push some of the bad press on to others when the hearing started: the veteran slugger filed lawsuits against MLB, commissioner Bud Selig and Yankees team doctor Christopher Ahmad.
If the suspension holds, A-Rod will be forced to sit for all of next season and roughly one-third of 2015. He also stands to lose around $30 million in salary.