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MLB waiting to hear from A-Rod on a possible settlement offer

Jul 29, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

Alex Rodriguez AP

We are told A-Rod’s Biogenesis discipline is going to come down this week. The New York Daily News reports that today may be the pivotal day in this drama. It’s when Alex Rodriguez must decide if he’s going to take an offer or fight a lifetime ban:

Armed with voluminous evidence they believe would warrant lifetime banishment, Major League Baseball officials hope to know by Monday if Alex Rodriguez will agree to a deal that would effectively end the Yankee third baseman’s career but possibly preserve a big portion of the remaining $100 million on his contract.

If Rodriguez and his representatives reject a deal, the embattled superstar’s suspension could be announced as early as late Monday or Tuesday. A source close to Rodriguez said the player was sticking to his story that he has done nothing wrong and was unwilling to cut a deal.

The offer, the Daily News believes, is a deal for a suspension which would last through the end of 2014. Which is essentially a 200+ game suspension.

I don’t know what A-Rod will do. I doubt anyone does (though his lawyers are telling people they are preparing for an appeal).  But I remain skeptical that, if it goes to arbitration, Major League Baseball could actually make a lifetime ban stick in light of the fact that he’s never been disciplined under baseball’s drug rules in the past. And remember: there were reports that MLB was threatening Ryan Braun with at least a 100 game suspension and he ended up getting an offer of 65. Which he accepted.

But for us, that’s just an exercise in speculation. For A-Rod it’s a gamble. A gamble worth, potentially, a hundred million dollars.

  1. albertmn - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    I have no sympathy for ARod, and won’t mind him getting banned for at least a while. But, I am really hoping that the Yankees have to pay most of that contract, since they were foolish enough to sign him to it.

  2. jollyjoker2 - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    This is kind of interesting story what this dope head takes. I think his ego will force him to fight and lose. The only couple of players I respect who doped were Canseco and McGuire. At least Canseco came clean and McGuire pleaded the 5th and walked away with a lot of cash. This guy – I don’t see that happening.

  3. rick1k6 - Jul 29, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    As far as the number of suspensions to be announced, if the over/under is 20, Pete Rose is betting the under.

  4. nananatman - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Pete Rose should get to play again before he does. Bet A Rod couldn’t lift a bat without a “competitive edge.”

  5. jfk69 - Jul 30, 2013 at 5:46 AM

    A Yankee fan
    If MLB has that kind of evidence then so be it. A Rod first denied any use, Then when documentation came to light, he admitted using but claimed he stopped years ago. Now we find out this untrue as well. As one of the superstars in baseball with a salary to match I expect more from him than protecting his cash hoard and dragging this out with his shill lawyers trying to earn their keep at the games expense.
    Alex
    The perception in the real world is you are narcissistic and ego driven. Take the deal and be a man. Everybody makes mistakes. Not everybody makes excuses.
    Failure to do this. I then hope MLB goes after you with a life time ban from game. Don’t end up like Pete Rose. You can be real example or end up MLB’S example when they catch a high profile PED cheat. You will not win this one in the court of public opinion or in arbitration with your legal team.
    The road to redemption begins with you admitting you made another mistake. Put your inflated pride and ego aside and make he right decision this time.

  6. jfk69 - Jul 30, 2013 at 5:55 AM

    I also blame these UN-reality shows. They glorify bad behavior and then pay for it when it doesn’t happen. All in the name of selling a show to a provider. Maybe I am wrong and it is society as whole that has changed.
    These days bad decisions are paid for and consequences be damned

  7. harrycanyon - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    The “deal” should be either, retire from baseball now, or we ban for life. Why make any kind of deal with this turd? He has shown time and time again that he cheats, and doesn’t care. Why should MLB care about him. You cheat, you take the change of getting caught. You got caught.

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