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A-Rod accepts suspension

The saga is -- it seems, at least -- over. After vowing to fight until the end, Alex Rodriguez finally dropped his lawsuit and accepted his MLB-imposed ban for the 2014 season. Rodriguez reportedly was concerned about the cost of fighting MLB (about $10 million in legal fees), and also about further damaging his relationship with the sport. Now he has his eyes on a 2015 return. He will be 39 when he comes back. What will come of all of it?

How do you feel about Alex Rodriguez accepting his suspension for the 2014 season?

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  • Can Alex Rodriguez ever repair his relationship with Major League Baseball?

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  • How much would Alex Rodriguez have helped the Yankees if he had been allowed to play in 2014?

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  • What type of player will Alex Rodriguez be in 2015?

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  • Did MLB treat Alex Rodriguez fairly?

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Yankees sign Masahiro Tanaka

The Yankees rarely stand pat after missing the playoffs, and this year is no exception. They've signed Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year, $155 million contract. Tanaka was the big free-agent prize this offseason -- a potentially dominant ace who is only 25 years old -- which likely made him too tempting a target for the Yankees to resist. The Yankees hope that Tanaka can improve a pitching staff that was 18th in baseball in ERA, and he'll be a good distraction from the ongoing Alex Rodriguez saga.

  • What do you make of the Yankees signing Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year, $155 million deal?

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  • What are you expecting out of Masahiro Tanaka in his first season in MLB?

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  • Which roster addition will have the biggest impact on the Yankees in 2014?

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  • When will the Yankees next be serious World Series contenders?

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  • Which team will win the AL East this season?

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  • How concerned would you be about Masahiro Tanaka's usage patterns in Japan? (160 pitches in Game 6 of the Japan Series, pitched in relief the next day)

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  • What's the Yankees' biggest need now that they have signed Masahiro Tanaka?

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  • What will be a bigger story for the Yankees this season?

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A-Rod suspended for '14 season

Alex Rodriguez has been suspended for the entire 2014 season and postseason for his involvement in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drugs scandal. Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz handed down a ban for all of 2014 to the New York Yankees' third baseman, a reduction of MLB's original 211-game ban. However, Rodriguez can attend spring training due to a loophole in the suspension. Do you agree with the suspension? Have we seen the last of Alex Rodriguez?

What do you make of the arbitrator's decision to reduce Alex Rodriguez's original ban of 211 games to all of 2014 (regular season and postseason)?

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  • How surprised were you by the arbitrator's decision to reduce Alex Rodriguez's ban?

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  • What should the Yankees do if Alex Rodriguez shows up for spring training?

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  • Would Alex Rodriguez be a productive player if he comes back for the 2015 season?

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The Pittsburgh Pirates won the 2013 headlines. The Boston Red Sox won the 2013 World Series. But neither -- at the moment -- figures to be among the biggest stories of 2014. Not with the AL West packed, Alex Rodriguez's appeal still up in the air and the new commissioner to be chosen -- among many other things. Check out Buster Olney's top 10 storylines for the new year Insider and rank them according to your interest level. Simply click on the images to submit your ballot!

More Top 10 Rank 'Em's: Lineups | Rotations | Bullpens

Top 2014 MLB Storylines

AL West race

AL West race

Will the A's repeat? Will the Rangers bounce back? Or will the Angels and Mariners have something to say about it?

A-Rod resolution

A-Rod resolution

Will his 211-game suspension be upheld?

Expanded replay

Expanded replay

How much will it change the game?

Jeter's future

Jeter's future

How much does he have left?

Kershaw, Scherzer

Kershaw, Scherzer

Will the Cy Young winners and free-agents-to-be stay in their respective cities?

Mattingly's job status

Mattingly's job status

Is Don Mattingly a Dodger for good?

Milestones

Milestones

Albert Pujols could reach 500 HR (he's at 492), 1,500 RBIs (1,498) and 1,500 runs (1,425). Alex Rodriguez is closing in on 3,000 hits (2,939) and 2,000 RBIs (1,969).

New MLBPA head

New MLBPA head

What will the future be like under new leader Tony Clark?

Selig's successor

Selig's successor

Is Rob Manfred the man?

Tipping points

Tipping points

Will the Phillies, Royals, Diamondbacks and Orioles trend upward or downward?

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Over the next week, Buster Olney will be ranking the 10 best in MLB in a variety of categories. He starts with the top 10 lineups. As one executive noted to Olney, "When you start looking at the projected lineups for 2014, there are not many dominant lineups. Most clubs have a couple of spots that have young players, or players returning from injuries. So almost all have a couple of questions." Click here to see Olney's top 10 Insider and submit your own ballot by clicking on the images below.

Baseball's top 10 lineups

A's

A's

Pictured: Yoenis Cespedes

Angels

Angels

Pictured: Mike Trout

Cardinals

Cardinals

Pictured: Allen Craig

Indians

Indians

Pictured: Nick Swisher

Rangers

Rangers

Pictured: Prince Fielder

Red Sox

Red Sox

Pictured: David Ortiz

Rockies

Rockies

Pictured: Carlos Gonzalez

Royals

Royals

Pictured: Alex Gordon

Tigers

Tigers

Pictured: Miguel Cabrera

Yankees

Yankees

Pictured: Jacoby Ellsbury

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