Reports: Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez facing 214-game suspension
Major League Baseball is preparing to slap Alex Rodriguez with a minimum suspension of 214 games, according to multiple reports.
The suspension would entail the remainder of this season as well as the next. The New York Daily News broke the news first on Saturday, citing a source who said the MLBPA reached out to the commissioner’s office early Saturday on behalf of Rodriguez but was rebuffed. Friday night after playing a Minor League rehab game, Rodriguez suggested Major League Baseball and the New York Yankees — who still owe the third baseman the $100 million left on his $275 million contract — were working in tandem to keep Rodriguez off the field, which would void his contract for this season. Rodriguez hasn’t played with the Yankees this season because of a hip injury but is expected to join the team Monday against the Chicago White Sox.
It is believed Major League Baseball has ample evidence connecting Rodriguez to the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic, which is reported to have provided performance-enhancing drugs to a wide range of athletes, from professional baseball players to high school baseball players in the Miami area. Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has already been suspended the remainder of the season.
Rodriguez, according to media reports, has tried to negotiate a contract settlement with the Yankees, but the Daily News cites a source who said the Yankees declined.
FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports Rodriguez will appeal the expected punishment.
…baseball plans to suspend A-Rod for at least this season and next. He has told friends he will appeal and “fight to the end.”—
Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 03, 2013
Was told MLB feels A-Rod has had chance to talk few times, taken 5th, not in mood now to negotiate at 11th hour—
Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) August 03, 2013