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Biogenesis suspensions likely to be announced this week; A-Rod might be out through 2014

Jul 28, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

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Joel Sherman and Ken Davidoff of the New York Post have the exclusive:

The strong indications are Major League Baseball will announce all the suspensions in the Biogenesis case this week, including one that could cover the rest of this year and all of next year for Alex Rodriguez, The Post has learned.

It always has been MLB’s plan to announce the suspensions at one time for the 15-plus players believed to be facing sanctions in the performance-enhancing drug case. MLB went early with Ryan Braun’s suspension because of his willingness to accept the penalty without appeal.

MLB wants to get the suspensions in place before any team reaches the point where they have fewer than 50 games to play, which makes sense because most of these guys are first-time offenders and the typical penalty for a first-time PED charge is 50 games. Though we’ve seen MLB veer far away from the typical with its handling of this Biogenesis case.

On the A-Rod side of things, Sherman and Davidoff write that Major League Baseball officials are of the thinking that “the combination of being a user and obstructing the case demands a much stiffer penalty — especially because Rodriguez has admitted to previous drug use from 2001-03 and because MLB believes Rodriguez subsequently lied to its investigators in previous interviews about his usage.”

Rodriguez, who turned 38 years old late last week, would still be owed a $21 million salary for the 2015 season, a $20 million salary for the 2016 season and another $20 million salary for the 2017 season.

  1. heyblueyoustink - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    I can feel it coming in the air tonite, so hold on.

    • Anoesis - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      You sent your sext to the wrong number.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:16 PM

        I like my whiners more nitrate,less Weiner. Call me old fashioned

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      who cares, Jeter is back!

      • nbjays - Jul 28, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        Jeter is back… but who cares.

        FTFY

      • shutmdownd - Jul 28, 2013 at 7:12 PM

        i would think fans of the game would care, but let me guess i’m sure he is on something too cause he can still produce…

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Very interesting story if accurate. I see that the number is down to 15+ from 20+. I would be surprised if Colon and Melky are included in the 15 as they have served their punishment.

    Cashman and the Yankees are obviously hoping that Arod is suspended for 2014 as for Luxury Tax purposes, they want that salary off their books in 2014.

    • Glenn - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      I thought that suspended salaries still count for luxury tax purposes?

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        You may be right. Paperlions might know as he is up on esoteric rules such as this.

      • paperlions - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:43 PM

        I’m not sure, but I think Glenn is right. I remember reading somewhere that, although teams don’t have to pay suspended players, their salaries still count toward with respect to luxury tax purposes….but MLB is kind of making this up as they go along, technically, it isn’t even clear if Braun’s suspension counts as strike one for PED purposes, as the 65 game suspension is “outside of the 50, 100, life-time ban” strucuture associated with the JDA.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:01 PM

        No they do NOT count. All the salary is forfeited and does NOT count against a team payroll calculation.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        And you know this because… Not trying to be smart but if you could point out where this is spelled out I’d appreciate it.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 28, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        * No, A-Rod’s salary does not count against the luxury tax while he’s suspended. I don’t know how the calculation works, but I know it doesn’t count. He also won’t count against the 40-man roster, so there’s that.

        http://riveraveblues.com/2013/07/does-ryan-brauns-suspension-tell-us-anything-about-whats-coming-for-a-rod-91271/

        No link for proof, but I’m still looking.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 28, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        Francisco, here is a link from a NY Post article you can read the entire piece, There are many similar articles all saying the same thing. But immediately below the link here I’ve copied and pasted and put in bold the pertinent part.
        Link: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/yankees/more_curveballs_await_in_this_twist_un8Kio4ERyO2xvC7orfApL

        Pertinent section:
        …If the suspension holds after appeal and is served mostly and/or all of next year, this would be best for the organization because it means not paying him during the suspension and not having that part of the salary count toward the luxury tax payroll. That would help make it easier to meet the mandate to get under the $189 million threshold in 2014 and earn additional, substantial financial benefits.

    • tellyspop - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      If this story holds true, my sources tell me after the 2014 season, it’s off to Gitmo afterwards for Mr. Barftastic.

      • fanofevilempire - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        you guys up there are better then google and bing!
        Francisco, not you!
        Jetes is back, everything will be back to normal, I hope.

      • nbjays - Jul 28, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        For these aging Yankees? This IS normal so get used to it.

    • sabatimus - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      It’s the New York Post. Need I say more?

      • jwbiii - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        So Selig is out of here? Cool.

    • santacruzwatershed - Jul 28, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      What this means to arod’s health in the future and the future of baseball etc. – remains to be seen, I only hope the athletes that were for real and trained and worked really hard and spent all that time and money to be successful athletes can somehow be compensated—I knew when the native american and native canada where not around anymore something was wrong.

  3. recoveringcubsfan - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Someday, someone will write a great book about the thing that is A-Rod. So much pathos, hathos, and bathos, all rolled into one person. You’d think he murdered children or something, the way he’s treated as so much worse than the worst person ever. I don’t go for Calcaterra’s defense of the ‘roid users, but I also don’t see how A-Rod is so terrible. He’s just a jackass generally, or in other words, exactly like your favorite athlete if only you actually knew him personally. I say this, of course, as someone who idolized Mark Grace, it turns out foolishly.

    • Old Gator - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      There is no Calcaterra “defense of the roid users.” There is only Zoul.

    • bigharold - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      I’m with you, I can understand wanting to punish him but the visceral hatred is mind boggling. I thought Barry Bonds was an asshole even before he began his chemically enhanced HR assault, .. but I never hated the guy. It makes no sense.

      • Old Gator - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        Everyone ought to read The Scapegoat by Rene Girard. Yeah, yeah, he’s French. But so is Catherine Deneuve. You gonna kick her out of bed for taking estrogen?

        Anyway, it’s a wonderful psychological and cultural study in how we become fanged slavering sheeple fixated on crucifying someone way out of proportion to his sins. Here’s a link: http://www.amazon.com/Scapegoat-Ren%C3%A9-Girard/dp/0801839173/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1375028501&sr=1-1&keywords=girard+the+scapegoat

      • bigharold - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:25 PM

        Gator, ..How the hell am I ever going to read this book when according to my wife I spend every waking moment on HBT??

      • Old Gator - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:28 PM

        Let her read it aloud to you while you’re sitting at your keyboard.

        Quality time.

      • bigharold - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:36 PM

        “Quality time.”

        I’ll bet that’s EXACTLY what she’ll think too!

  4. imnotyourbuddyguy - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    • Glenn - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      Could one ever assemble that many thin people in one place in America today? Rerun was morbidly obese then. Now he would be the skinny guy at Walmart.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:10 PM

        Cocaine and Disco my man, keeps ya thin

      • Old Gator - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:14 PM

        Disco. Eccchhhh. My musical equivalent of a peanut allergy.

    • paperlions - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      Man, I love me some ‘fros. Really too bad that every group that can grow a decent ‘fro is a target for persecution.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        Andrew Bynum?
        If this is you, the keyword is “decent”

  5. whodeytn - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Someday, someone will write a great book about the thing that is A-Rod. So much pathos, hathos, and bathos, all rolled into one person. You’d think he murdered children or something, the way he’s treated as so much worse than the worst person ever. I don’t go for Calcaterra’s defense of the ‘roid users, but I also don’t see how A-Rod is so terrible. He’s just a jackass generally, or in other words, exactly like your favorite athlete if only you actually knew him personally. I say this, of course, as someone who idolized Mark Grace, it turns out foolishly.
    =======

    What a dumb post

  6. rbj1 - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Newark Bears for Alex for 2014!

  7. bigharold - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    “.. especially because Rodriguez has admitted to previous drug use from 2001-03..”.

    So what? This is still his first offense. They only way they can give him more than 50 games is if they get creative. If MLB is going to penalize him for breaking the rules they should stay within the rules to do so. Making it up as they go along will only make things worse for their attempts to enforce the JDA in the future.

    Add to that with all the unnamed sources that are leaking to the press from MLB, and it’s looks as if MLB is in the middle of a concerted effort to make A-Rod an example. What they couldn’t do to Bonds and Clemens they taking out on A-Rod. This in conjunction with the ethically challenged way they went about coercing the Biogenesis rift raft to “cooperate” with MLB investigation and MLB is leaving itself open to a legal battle that could go on for years. The exact opposite of what they are looking to do. The smart thing to do is put A-Rod out for 50 games, paint him into a corner. Then if he screws up again give him 100 games. If he’s as PED dependent as it’s generally believed he is then he won’t be able to stop and he’ll be banned before his contract ends. But, stay within the frame work of the JDA.

    If they try to suspend him for more than 50 game they increase the likelihood of him appealing the suspension. If they try to make through the end of next season they guarantee it. And, not only does A-Rod have the resources to fight at that point he’ll have no reason not to. God forbid he actually prevails. What is the end game here, punish violators to rid the sport of PEDs. It’s not to crucify the poster boy for PEDs so that the soap opera drags on for years.

    • Old Gator - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      It’s going to be interessin’ to see how the legal aspects of this all play out. Roidmageddon. I saw Pacific Rim yesterday so I have this epic-scale battle image in my head that I’m imposing analogically on the forthcoming spectacle (the movie really kicks dumbass, by the way. Transformers with acromeglaly with a bit of Destroy All Monsters thrown in for seasoning. But dumb as the ass is, it does kick it. Now if Guillermo del Toro would stop farting around with footnotes and endnotes and unsubtle tributes to old monster movies and just give us his version of Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness already, we’ll have some movie methadone to come down off’n the A-roid battles just about in time. I dream of Ron Perlman as a shoggoth.

      • Old Gator - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        Acromegaly.

        Scrap the open righthand parenthesis.

        Edit function!
        Edit function!
        EDIT FUNCTION!

    • jayscarpa - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      Trying to buy the biogenesis documents was kinda of dumb but ARod has never been the sharpest tack in the box. And he used 6 or 7 different products with banned substances. Knucklehead.

      He’s lucky he doesn’t get life. He’ll probably will not play again but at least he can collect the $60 million.

      • bigharold - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        “Trying to buy the biogenesis documents …”

        What I read was that they offered them to him and he refused.

        “He’ll probably will not play again…”

        Wanna bet? And, it’s not just about money. I’m kind of neutral about A-Rod. But the same thing that makes all elite athletes have in common is self confidence and the burning desire to compete and win. Say whatever you want about A-Rod, .. in fact his PED use is a distorted affect, .. but A-Rod wants to compete and succeed.

      • jayscarpa - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        The report I read was he did purchase some documents but then balked at the $1 million for the rest of them. We will see.
        I have no doubt that he would want to play, he really does love it. But in April 2015 he would not have played a MLB game in 2 1/2 years and will be 40 going on 41.

      • bigharold - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:20 PM

        “But in April 2015 he would not have played a MLB game in 2 1/2 years and will be 40 going on 41.”

        Assuming that the suspension length reported is accurate and he either doesn’t appeal or is unsuccessful he’ll still have 60 million owed him. As stated it’s about more than money but 60 mil is 60 mil.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 28, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        Trying to buy the biogenesis documents was kinda of dumb but ARod has never been the sharpest tack in the box

        I really want Arod to fight this, because I want someone to go in front of an arbitration panel and say:
        So MLB wants to tack on an additional penalty for trying to purchase his PED documents. The reason MLB knows about these documents, is because they purchased them….

        And see what the lawyers/judges have to say.

      • jayscarpa - Jul 28, 2013 at 2:35 PM

        ? ARod try to acquire incriminating documents to hide evidence against himself. That’s pretty simple , even for an arbitrator.

      • bigharold - Jul 28, 2013 at 2:42 PM

        “The reason MLB knows about these documents, is because they purchased them….”

        That is not his only point. If you look at the sheer volume of unnamed sources, all talking about suspending A-Rod. In today’s NYDN Madden continues in his role as MLB mouthpiece is now beating the drum for MLB to start voiding contacts, .. the fact that Selig went on Letterman and stated that he already knows whats going to happen to A-Rod, .. he wasn’t sure how many would be suspended but he was sure about A-Rod. I understand MLB wanting to punish him for his transgressions but this rises to the level of MLB wanting to treat him as some kind of King Pin that is responsible for PEDs in base rather than his own behavior. All of which his legal team will be sure to point out in excruciating derail, .. assuming he decides to appeal.

      • vvalenc - Jul 28, 2013 at 2:48 PM

        A blinded person. UnDenial .

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 28, 2013 at 2:50 PM

        ? ARod try to acquire incriminating documents to hide evidence against himself. That’s pretty simple , even for an arbitrator.

        Because Arod’s actions can be considered bad for two reasons, and two reasons only. One, actually trying to buy the documents. Yet, how can you punish him when MLB did the same thing?

        Two, he did it to hide the information. Well how is this any different than lying? And I’d love for MLB to try to justify an additional punishment because a player lied to them when every single player facing discipline from MLB lies. For instance, when any pitcher gets suspended for hitting a batter, they always say it slipped. There’s zero precedent for suspending players for lying.

  8. chrisk61 - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    ahhh a-rod…a 99% bust…the only time he delivered was in the 09 world series…against my phillies.

    • Old Gator - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      That’s because when he was growing up in Macondo, he never worked for Whole Beef Halves after school or on weekends. Otherwise, he would have learned how to deliver. Everywhere. Even after curfew.

    • jwbiii - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      Not liking the ’05 and ’07 MVPs?

  9. jayscarpa - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Wasn’t Sherman the writer who said Rios turned down a trade to the Yankees?

  10. bux1022 - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    He’ll appeal and finish out this season!

  11. mantastic54 - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    It’s funny that a-rod is getting extra punishment for being honest about his use when his name was leaked for the failed test, while a guy like Ortiz just denies use after word gets out that he failed a test, and nobody seems to question his use despite the numbers he is putting up at age 37

    • cackalackyank - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      Unless of course he knows he’s one of the 15 which is why he pitched a hissy last night over balls and strikes.

  12. coloradokid99 - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Players have re-written the record books of Major League Baseball and disgraced the league yet Pete Rose cant reinstated for a hall of fame vote. Major League Baseball deserves what they get.

  13. uyf1950 - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    If A-Rod is suspended or for that matter any of the suspended players salaries for their time of suspension does NOT count towards a teams payroll calculation for luxury tax purposes.

    For example MLB calculates the luxury tax based on a players AAV. In A-Rod’s case that’s $27.5MM per year. That entire $27.5 if he’s suspended for the 2014 season does NOT count against the Yankees payroll calculation. So say for example say the teams payroll prior to Alex being suspended would have been $200MM that $27.5MM comes right off the top and now the teams payroll calculation for Luxury tax purposes if he’s suspended for the entire 2014 season would be $172.5MM That’s how it works.

  14. nycnello - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    No mention of his foundation that he set up for anti-ped use and young adults. This too will have far reaching consequences if he’s proven guilty. If he admits to or is proven guilty, I hope that he never climbs out of the hole, and that goes for anyone who intentionally deceives the fan and our dollar$$$$$.

    The fans may want to consider bringing a civil suit against these players and collect damages.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 28, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      How have you been “damaged” in any way by this?

      • jayscarpa - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:01 PM

        How can you mend a broken heart?

  15. mikhelb - Jul 28, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    If this story is true, then it might be one of the best things to happen to the NYY this year (the other is having Jeter back).

    Then again, they listed their birthday as “late last week” when it was yesterday; of course in some countries sunday is the first day of the week (hence the name of saturday in spanish, for example, which is “sábado”, translated from “sabath”, or day of rest), but according to ISO 8601, Sunday has been agreed to be the last day of a week, so, yesterday, saturday, was in the same week as we are still in today.

    **my head hurts**

  16. wpjohnson - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    It’s long past time for MLB to act. There has been too much piddling around. Suspend them and be done with it. Don’t play “kissie butt” with Rodriguez. Punish him in an appropriate manner.

  17. david5633 - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    it is truly not fair for these users to get my hard earned money. Arod still gets pain thru 2017 ? That’s mind-blowing. Try to tell me the game isn’t all about money! Throw right and wrong out the window. Makes me sick to my stomach.

    • david5633 - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      paid

    • bigharold - Jul 28, 2013 at 6:28 PM

      ” Try to tell me the game isn’t all about money!”

      What happens on the field and to an extent in the clubhouse is baseball, .. everything else is business.

      If a player is found in violation of the CBA or JDA there are specific sanctions for those transgressions. It, like most other forms of punishment, doesn’t start with the “death penalty”. Whatever anyone thinks about A-Rod, he is a first time offender and, at least theoretically, there is a specific sanction. And, that is the business side of baseball.

  18. newyorkshets - Jul 28, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Ban these turds for good. We don’t need their kind in baseball.

  19. eddiehammerny - Jul 28, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Punish them ? Why ? -FOR-CRYING-OUT-LOUD ! When Steroids was in Full-Blast MLB looked the other way because attendance was picking up. And now PUNISH them ! Why ? To look good ? To look like they never knew about it ? To please those Cry-Baby fans that enjoyed the hell out of the HR era and now are crying foul play ? To please the Feds and the Politicians ? And why punish a hand full when the players themselves admitted that 75% of them used PHD. Then leave Off the Hook players like Griffey, Thome, Gonzalez, Edmonds, Ortiz and so many others. I hope the Steroids Era is OVER, but We Must Admit that Steroids SAVED the Game. Why only punish the Big names like Arod, Clemens, Bonds, McGuire, Sosa and Palmeiro ? Oh, and about the Hall of the Fame, so many Great players are NOT there. Some make it after their Death. As if they improved their stats. SAD ! – We need to build The Peoples Hall of The Fame and let the Baseball Writers make Cooperstown become a Ghost town.

  20. tbutler704 - Jul 28, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    So….this story immediately sent me to the invaluable Cot’s Contracts…..

    Rodriguez, if he were suspended tomorrow morning, would be out 57 games this year or 35% of the season. Thats ~$10M lost in 2013. He’s to make $26M in 2014.

    $36M!!!! Yowza.

    The Yankees must feel like its Christmas morning. This will solve all their problems with the luxury tax in one fell swoop, even more so if they manage to get a lifetime ban on Rodriguez(which would surprise me).

  21. bgm9876 - Jul 28, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    I hope that he never plays again.

  22. johnnysoda - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    How can they justify suspending A-Rod for the rest of 2013 and ALL of 2014, when Braun only got the rest of 2013? I mean, that’s over 3 times as many games A-Rod would have to miss.

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