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Tacopina praised Rodriguez, saying “he has dignity and grace stapled across his forehead.” He wouldn’t say whether Rodriguez would testify, which would open the player to cross-examination by MLB and its lawyers from Proskauer Rose. He said it is a key consideration in many proceedings.

“It’s a difficult decision but it’s one that we obviously have to make,” Tacopina said.

Despite all the acrimony, McCarroll wouldn’t rule out Horowitz pushing for an agreement that would avoid the need for him to decide.

“Good judges, good arbitration panel members, often encourage settlements,” McCarroll said, adding that he wasn’t talking about this specific case.