Report: Alex Rodriguez to be suspended Monday through 2014
Alex Rodriguez will receive a suspension Monday that will likely last through 2014, sources told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines.”
About 12 other players will receive suspensions Monday, too. ESPN’s sources said most of the players have agreed to accept 50-game suspensions without fighting them.
The MLB offered to drop a lifetime ban if Rodriguez allowed an arbitrator to charge him with more than a 50-game suspension. Rodriguez’s side “unequivocally” turned down the offer. Negotiations ended Saturday when Selig told officials he would no longer negotiate. From ESPN’s report:
MLB has said repeatedly that the Yankees have no place in negotiations and that discipline was the domain of Selig and no one else, a source said. Several sources also said that Selig was “furious” with Rodriguez for telling reporters he would not negotiate, even as his attorneys sought a deal to mitigate MLB’s looming punishment.
Rodriguez is expected to appeal any MLB suspension, although the league will likely declare Rodriguez ineligible to play while he appeals. If Rodriguez can’t play during the appeal process and does not get reinstated before 2014, he will lose $34.2 million in salary.