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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. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    This guy is toxic

    • Old Gator - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      Absolutely. I have no sympathy for A-roid. Then again, I would love to see him go into arbitration, and then into court, and tear some interdimensional breaches in the pockets of those pompous pencilnecks up at the MLB headquarters – just for the fun of it.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:43 PM

        You just may get your wish!

      • fanofevilempire - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:10 PM

        me too.

      • fanofevilempire - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:18 PM

        you think Alex released this info, sure is a lot of info on the suspensions
        coming out, remember when Alex was only player from the list of 100 released.

    • El Bravo - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      Like Britney Spears?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:08 PM

        Man, the douchenozzle list is fixing to blow up!

      • El Bravo - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:12 PM

        Yeah, I’ll take a day off from work and spend it updating the list…I may need to hire DN list assistants and administrators. I guess I’ll begin accepting applications as a start.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    I have no idea if MLB has the legal ability to deny him the full proceeds of a lucrative contract that was willingly given to him by The Yankees. On the other hand, I suspect that the Yankees would prefer a lifetime ban as it would save them megabucks. A court battle would be very interesting.

    • Old Gator - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      And when the Turner movie comes out, who plays who? I’ve got Morgan Freeman in a straw wig that looks like a locust blight got to it as Bud Light, Gael Garcia Bernal as A-roid, and Miguel Ferrer as the aged A-roid looking back over his career. Might even throw in a few dozen bedroom scenes with Cameron Diaz and Madonna.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:55 PM

        Would Cameron Diaz and Madonna play themselves?

      • El Bravo - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:13 PM

        No, Diaz will be played by Miley Cyrus and Madonna will be played by a 2000 year old human skeleton.

      • bigharold - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:14 PM

        Jim Carey as Bud Selig and Mickey Rourke as A-Rod. And, Cameron Diaz plays Madonna and Britney Spears as Cameron Diaz. Madonna is my age and Nobody wants to see her in bedroom scenes.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      Doom.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      I wonder if a court battle follows would Alex ever come back for old timers day @ the stadium.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:16 PM

        For which team? He move around a bit during his career..

  3. kjericho43 - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Disappear already, dude. Nobody wants you to play: Fans, Players, Me, Craig, Bud, etc.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      I do. Have you seen the dreck the Yankees have put out at 3b this year?

  4. goawaydog - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    “that would effectively end the Yankee third baseman’s career but possibly preserve a big portion of the remaining $100 million on his contract.”

    um, why exactly would he get to keep any money at all?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      That’s if he gets a season or two season ban. He is under contract for much longer than that.

      • goawaydog - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:57 PM

        so it doesn’t really end his career, he could come back for the final years of his contract. and start the circus all over again. yay!

      • historiophiliac - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:59 PM

        Only when he’s older. :)

    • anotheryx - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      If he is suspended through 2014, he still has 3 more years on the payroll IIRC. Those will be paid.

  5. z06vision - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Take the offer and get paid millions of dollars or hang out with Pete Rose signing autographs??????? Hmmmmmm

  6. dontnojack - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    [Deleted, commenter banned for violation of commenting policy]

    • blacksables - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      I’ll bet your a delight at family functions.

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      And somehow unclemosesgreen’s tirade on the Colon entry today doesn’t qualify?

  7. 2dmo4 - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    I wouldn’t mind at all not seeing this S.O.B & his purple lips on the field ever again.

    • kjericho43 - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      Slappy McBluelips.

      Best. Nickname. Ever.

  8. eshine76 - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    If the rumors are true that ARod is facing a lifetime ban, why would he risk all of that money? If he is innocent in this, then it is absolutely worth the fight. I just hope he isn’t taking advice from George Costanza – “It’s not a lie if you believe it.”

  9. protectthishouse54 - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Well we already know that A-Rod likes to gamble…

  10. paperlions - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    MLB should throw in Phil Hughs, just to sweeten the pot.

  11. steelhammer92 - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Remember back in the day when people were hoping he’d one day break Bonds’ HR record? Yeah, times sure have changed.

  12. scotttheskeptic - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Is Rodriguez the domino that needs to fall for MLB to announce all of the suspensions?

    • historiophiliac - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      It’s killing me waiting to know about Peralta. I wish they’d hurry up with it all. Give us the others while they mess with A-Rod.

      • scotttheskeptic - Jul 29, 2013 at 6:40 PM

        Just get it over with, in my opinion. Put everything before the public, including the sleazy manner in which MLB came into its evidence. I would have thought the Braun suspension without appeal would have cemented the credibility of the evidence, and it is pretty clear MLBPA is not willing to touch this issue.

  13. tomtravis76 - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Let him fight it in court, we all want to see the dirt they were able to find. And I want him standing at the plate in every stadium hearing all the fans booing him,especially in Yankee stadium.

  14. mqcarpenter - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    I find some of these comments disturbing. I care about the integrity of the game. That goes both ways. The league is starting to hand out punishments to players outside their own discipline structure. None of this is going to “court”. It is essentially all back room discussions with no public evidence. So all future dealings have no comparable measurements to make this a true filter. Why exactly does ARod get life and Braun 65 games when we know for a fact that Braun not only lied to our face but garnered an MVP out of it? Why is Sosa even on a HOF ballot? Where is the consistency here?

    • anxovies - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:07 PM

      Good point, mqc. I am watching the Angels – Texas game and Sutcliff just went off on a vicious tirade against ARod, the same one we have heard several times when this ignorant fool is allowed to give his opinions. I have never heard him go off on Braun with the same hatefulness. Rodriguez hasn’t tested bad and it remains to be seen what the alleged evidence reveals. Whether or not he did anything wrong this guy is getting lynched by the media and MLB.

      • tomtravis76 - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:02 PM

        How long until the Oprah interview? Build them up, tear them down, and build them back up.

  15. ramrene - Jul 29, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    I want a face to a LIFETIME BAN and A-Rod’s is better than most. Lifetime Ban this SOB so fans everywhere can RIP.

  16. mtr75 - Jul 29, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Yeah, I remember the good old golden age of the steroid days back in the 90’s. Nobody went to games, fans deserted the sport, people were critical of the players. Oh wait, none of that happened. Sure is a lot of self-righteousness going on right now – on the part of ownership, the media, the fans. Everyone cheered these guys, and never were the cheers louder than during the height of the steroid era. We’re basically all a bunch of hypocrites.

  17. markb2301 - Jul 29, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Why would anyone accept this deal? If he accepts it, his career is done. If he fights it, his career is done. The difference is $100 million, which is a ton of money… if you aren’t already rich. Say what you will about A-Rod, he doesn’t seem like some dumb jock who has pissed away his fortune (not to mention he’s already banked over $300 million). That money has to mean very, very little to him. Certainly not worth more than the last couple of years his Hall of Fame-worthy career.

    If I’m A-Rod, I’m fighting this. I think anyone in his shoes would do the same.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 29, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      If I’m A-Rod, I’m fighting this. I think anyone in his shoes would do the same.

      from the man himself, I agree 100%

      It’s a lot easier for all of us to say that we’d fight these charges, we have no where near the financial stake as Arod does…

      • Kevin S. - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:24 PM

        The financial stake isn’t exactly $100 million though, is it? He’d be risking the $61 million he’s owed 2015-17, plus the $6 million he’d get if/when he gets to 660 HR to save the roughly $34 million-ish he’s owed now through the end of the 2014 season (I have no idea how the last $3 million of his signing bonus, due 1/15/14, would be handled). So it’s a $100 million swing, but he’s only risking about 2/3 of that by not taking the deal. And if he values continuing to play at all, that probably weighs heavily towards fighting, since taking the ban effectively ends his career. Sure, he could collect the money, but at that point I kind of doubt the Yankees would be willing to even run him out there.

  18. jayscarpa - Jul 29, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    ESPN NY says ARod is going down fighting. His lawyers will attack the credibility of Bosch & Fischer on appeal.

  19. wpjohnson - Jul 29, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Time to quit stalling and to come down hard on these cheaters.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:57 PM

      You have to PROVE they’re cheaters first. Accusations from sleazy witnesses aren’t evidence.

      • chrldr12 - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:48 PM

        Are there any witnesses who are not sleazy?

  20. dhragonn - Jul 29, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    He’ll be playing in Japan soon as Mr. Baseball 2.0.

  21. navyeoddavee9 - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    ESPN reports if he accepts the ban, he’ll still be paid 60 mil of the 100 mil

  22. blingslade - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    If A-Rod was smart he’d take the 60 million offer.

    Oh wait…

    • gloccamorra - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:03 PM

      It’s not about smart, or even the money. It’s about ego, reputation, vindication, and a whole lot of other human emotions that don’t necessarily go together or make sense. In ARod, many of those emotions are oversized, and he has the wealth to go toe-to-toe with MLB lawyers. Gird your loins, fellas, this saga is going to be longer than War And Peace.

  23. chrldr12 - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    I think they should suspend him for 200 games, through the end of the 2014 season.

    I think this will effectively end A-Rod’s career.

    He will be out of MLB for 2 years when the 2015 season starts. Does A-Rod really want to play baseball that badly? I don’t think so. He has too much money and he really does not seem that eager to play baseball. All he gets is criticism.

    Life is short A-Rod, do what you love. You have enough money to pay the bills.

  24. Carl Hancock - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    The fact that ARod has never been disciplined for PED use in the past has no bearing on MLB’s case against him.

    They aren’t suspending players for failed PED tests. They are suspending players for violating other rules which is why Braun received a 65 game suspension despite the fact he technically didn’t fail his previous test since he won the appeal so had Braun been suspended due to a failed PED test he would have got 50 games. But he didn’t, he got 65 games.

    The Major League Baseball Players Association has said that these suspensions aren’t for failed PED tests. They are for breaking other rules in place by MLB and those rules carry with them suspensions and ramifications that are determined by the league and the commissioner. They aren’t finite like the suspensions are for failed PED tests (50 games, 100 games, lifetime ban) so MLB pretty much has leeway to levy whatever suspension it feels is in the best interest of the game.

    If Selig and MLB feels giving ARod a lifetime ban is in the best interest of the game, then they are going to do so.

    If ARod chooses to fight it, considering the fact that Braun settled pretty quickly and MLB supposedly has far more evidence on ARod, then he’s playing with $100 million worth of fire.

    Not only that but the MLBPA stated when Braun was suspended that when faced with overwhelming evidence of guilt they will no loner defend a player. Which is why they didn’t fight and instead nudged Braun towards settling with MLB rather than appealing.

    So if ARod chooses to fight MLB on this… he might just do so without the support of the MLBPA which would be a first as far as I know. I can’t recall ANY player getting in any kind of trouble and the players association not backing him up on the issue.

    I see 3 possible outcomes..

    1) ARod chooses to fight MLB and receives a lifetime ban which in effect gets the Yankees off the hook for the remainder of his contract. Should ARod somehow win his appeal it won’t mean he doesn’t receive a suspension, it just means it wouldn’t be a lifetime suspension. It would likely be the suspension rumored to be currently offered by MLB which is a suspension through the 2014 season. In which case see #2 below…

    2) ARod chooses to settle with MLB and agrees to a suspension that runs through the 2014 season and is eligible to return in 2015. Between then and now the Yankees will attempt to find a way to get out of his contract. Most likely trying to utilize the morals clauses or claim damage to their brand in trying to get out of the remaining years on his contract. No team has ever been able to do this. The last team to try it was the Rockies with Danny Neagle which bring us to #3…

    3) ARod chooses to settle with MLB, agrees to a suspension that runs through the 2014 season and the Yankees negotiate a contract buyout with ARod that pays out less than he is owed, but releases him fro his deal while giving him a large chunk of money to just go away. Just like the Rockies ended up doing with Danny Neagle after they failed in voiding his contract.

    Should ARod be suspended through 2014 that’ll be less money the Yankees owe ARod making coming to a buyout agreement easier because that would leave 2015, 216 and 2017’s salaries to negotiate a buyout for.

    I see things playing out in the order above.

    Either way I don’t think we’ll ever see ARod play another game in Major League Baseball. He’s done. He’s simply too toxic. The Yankees don’t want him and nobody else does either. It’s a terrible situation. But it’s a situation he brought on to himself.

  25. sidelineshot - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    This individual thinks that he is bigger than the game of baseball.

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