Posted July 13, 2013

Report: MLB may cut deal with A-Rod to reduce possible drug suspension

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MLB reportedly may try to reduce any suspension for Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

MLB reportedly may try to reduce any suspension for Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Major League Baseball may try to cut a deal with New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez to reduce his looming drug suspension, reports the New York Daily News.

The report states that MLB is engaging in internal discussions about brokering a plea deal with Rodriguez. Last week, multiple media outlets reported that Rodriguez was facing a suspension, possibly after the All-Star Break.

Rodriguez met with investigators Friday and then reportedly skipped a rehab game for the Single-A Tampa Yankees.

MLB is investigating Rodriguez, Milwaukee Brewers leftfielder Ryan Braun and as many as 20 other players for allegedly receiving performance-enhancing drugs from the now closed anti-aging clinic Biogenesis and its founder, Anthony Bosch.

SI WIRE: Report: A-Rod skipped scheduled rehab game, ‘infuriated team officials’

Rodriguez has said he used PEDs while with the Texas Rangers from 2001-03 but has denied using them since.

More from the Daily News:

According to another source, Rodriguez’s meeting with MLB ended at about 4 p.m., and a clearly shaken Rodriguez then met with MLB Players Association reps for an hour and a half to discuss what had been outlined by MLB officials. When Rodriguez didn’t show up at the Yankees’ complex, GM Brian Cashman then tried to reach the three-time AL MVP, who told him that he “just couldn’t make it.”

Meanwhile, an A-Rod spokesman told The News Saturday night in reference to a possible plea deal that “nobody from Alex’s team has made any such comments, and as we have said before, we are respecting the process and following the procedures as outlined in the joint agreement.

 


15 comments
NoThanksESPNFacebook
NoThanksESPNFacebook

Yeah if the MLB has such a good case they should just go for the kill and ban him for as long as they can. Maybe there is some MLB Player Association backlash they are worried about.

mahi2mahi
mahi2mahi

A-Rod has gone AWOL. Its all over.

blah77
blah77 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Cut a deal? Grow some balls MLB and ban him for life already!

iHailPhilly
iHailPhilly

Another cheating bum, this guy is a joke and should be banned for life.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

The Yankees may not like any deal that allows the big fat cheater to keep all that money they were stupid enough to give him. At this point of his life I'm pretty sure A-Rod's worrying less and less about his legacy and more and more about the moolah.

ptbnl
ptbnl

The way it sounds,  he'll likely get suspended for most of the remaining season.  Isn't it kind of moot?  Doesn't it look like his playing days are done and he is sticking around only for the rest of the contract money? 

You only have to look at his OPS number for the last 6 years from 2007 to 2012:  1067, 965, 933, 847, 823 and 783.  The performance decline is very evident.

tfaw
tfaw like.author.displayName 1 Like

cheater.  but i do like his taste in women....

trobbins88
trobbins88

That's BS.  He admits to using them, ban him like the other players involved.  A-Rod is not God's gift to the MLB.

The Edge
The Edge

@trobbins88 I'm wondering if they worked out a "snitch" deal with him.  Tell us everything you know and we'll reduce the suspension.

 You know what they say about snitches, though...

trobbins88
trobbins88

@The Edge @trobbins88 I think so as well.  Of course it will be with one of the most popular players in the league.  I wonder if they want to get him back on the field to bring in the fans.  I see the Yankees having a hand in this as well. 

I am not a Yanks fan, actually a Tigers fan, and we face the possibility of losing Peralta.  While he is an important player to us, it is not like we would be losing Cabrera or Verlander.  However, it would be a different story for New York losing their center of attention.  It will be interesting to see what happens

Jerkzilla
Jerkzilla

I would love it if they threatened him with a lifetime ban due to attempting to purchase the evidence and scuttle the investigation.  From there negotiate it down to a full year ban.  Either way:


Nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah nah, hey heeeey good bye.

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

What deal if you use performance-enhancing drugs 50 games means 50 games, not 45,40,35,30 it means 50

geoAZ
geoAZ

Hope the deal involves Mayflower Moving and the Federal Witness Protection Program !!

KikoJones
KikoJones

The NYDN has as much credibility as the Tooth Fairy...

deanthology
deanthology

So is this suggesting A-Rod is being coaxed by MLB into becoming something of a Canseco truth-teller? Get hm to spill the beans on the whole operation? MLB must have some interesting dirt on A-Rod if that's the case.