Alex Rodriguez's record 211-game suspension has been reduced to 162 games, his spokesman Ron Berkowitz has confirmed. Here is A-Rod's statement:

“The number of games sadly comes as no surprise, as the deck has been stacked against me from day one. This is one man's decision, that was not put before a fair and impartial jury, does not involve me having failed a single drug test, is at odds with the facts and is inconsistent with the terms of the Joint Drug Agreement and the Basic Agreement, and relies on testimony and documents that would never have been allowed in any court in the United States because they are false and wholly unreliable. This injustice is MLB's first step toward abolishing guaranteed contracts in the 2016 bargaining round, instituting lifetime bans for single violations of drug policy, and further insulating its corrupt investigative program from any variety defense by accused players, or any variety of objective review.

I have been clear that I did not use performance enhancing substances as alleged in the notice of discipline, or violate the Basic Agreement or the Joint Drug Agreement in any manner, and in order to prove it I will take this fight to federal court. I am confident that when a Federal Judge reviews the entirety of the record, the hearsay testimony of a criminal whose own records demonstrate that he dealt drugs to minors, and the lack of credible evidence put forth by MLB, that the judge will find that the panel blatantly disregarded the law and facts, and will overturn the suspension. No player should have to go through what I have been dealing with, and I am exhausting all options to ensure not only that I get justice, but that players' contracts and rights are protected through the next round of bargaining, and that the MLB investigation and arbitration process cannot be used against others in the future the way it is currently being used to unjustly punish me.

I will continue to work hard to get back on the field and help the Yankees achieve the ultimate goal of winning another championship. I want to sincerely thank my family, all of my friends, and of course the fans and many of my fellow MLB players for the incredible support I received throughout this entire ordeal."

Rodriguez, 38, was suspended in early August for his ties to Biogenesis. The 211 games was essentially broken down into the standard 50-game ban for first-time performance-enhancing drug offenders plus another 161 games for allegedly interfering with MLB's investigation.

Unlike the other 12 players suspended in August, A-Rod filed an appeal and had been in a rather nasty legal battle with MLB in recent weeks. The appeal hearing started the day after the end of the regular season and concluded in mid November. Horowitz could have upheld, overturned or reduced the suspension.

MLB enlisted the cooperation of former Biogenesis chief Anthony Bosch over the summer to help with their investigation. In exchange for his help, they dropped their lawsuit against him, paid his legal bills and provided a personal security detail. Bosch provided phone records and corroborated evidence.

Rodriguez is said to have received PEDs from Bosch and Biogenesis for a period of time from 2009-12. He admitted to using banned substances with the Rangers from 2001-03 back during spring training in 2009. MLB viewed him as a repeat offender and their top target during the investigation.

As indicated in the statement, Rodriguez's camp will seek an injuction and continue a legal battle in federal court. They would, however, accept a suspension of 65 games or less without a fight. Ryan Braun was suspended 65 games for his Biogenesis connection.