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Report: Alex Rodriguez now negotiating a settlement with Major League Baseball

Jul 31, 2013, 10:52 PM EDT

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Alex Rodriguez‘s lawyer has maintained that his client is prepared to fight any Biogenesis-related suspension. But that tune is suddenly changing.

According to ESPN investigative reporter T.J. Quinn, A-Rod’s representatives, aware that commissioner Bud Selig is serious about attempting to seek a lifetime ban, “are now negotiating a possible settlement that could result in a lengthy suspension” for the veteran third baseman. Quinn suspects that the sentence will last “through at least next season.”

Most of the details of this saga, which is mercifully coming to a close, were laid out in Craig Calcaterra’s report from Wednesday evening. Accepting Major League Baseball’s suspension will allow A-Rod to keep a nice chunk of the $100-or-so million that is still owed to him by the Yankees, and that’s obviously something that appeals to him. Selig probably wouldn’t be able to pass a lifetime ban through the arbitration process, but the evidence is stacked high against A-Rod and the more he continues to fight the harder Major League Baseball is going to fight back. Calcaterra’s source said Wednesday that the 38-year-old Rodriguez is “in for a world of hurt” if he doesn’t settle.

  1. bosoxfan15 - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Just levy the punishment already! This giant douche needs to suffer a bit.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 1, 2013 at 7:46 AM

      you still believing the Mitchel report, bosoxfan15, stop being delusional.

      • 3yardsandacloud - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:23 AM

        How delusional do you have to be to think bosoxfan15 is delusional. A-rod has been caught before and I believe admitted to using steroids. He’s overpaid, overrated and has contributed to ruining the image of MLB. Granted, he isn’t the only one, but he’s one of the biggest names involved. He’s slide by before and it looks like they have good evidence that not only he was involved in this, he tried to obstruct the investigation and brought other guys in.

        I know it sucks to have your players implicated (My team is losing their SS), but they were involved in cheating. That taints a team’s accomplishments and shouldn’t be celebrated, no matter your affiliation. Also, if he gets suspended, it’s one less guy for Verlander to rack up strike outs against. Silver lining

  2. dezglobal - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Sucks to see this guy all the time.. He used to be my favorite player now I can’t stand seeing his cheating face.

    • tomtravis76 - Aug 1, 2013 at 7:26 AM

      It is such a shame. Everyone thought he was one of the greatest of all time. He had all the tools, he had the charisma, he had the blessing of of cal ripken and other legends of the game. And it turns out his career is just one big lie. He is a giant blemish on pro sports.

      You just wish that if all of this is true, which there is zero reason not to believe, that he would try and do one decent thing…don’t hold the game up anymore, walk away, reach a buyout agreement, and never show his face again at a major league stadium. We all know he will find a new untestable drug to get on for his post suspension.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 1, 2013 at 7:44 AM

      Oh please get over it, boo hoo Alex did Roids.

  3. smackingfools - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Post his positive drug test’s online. Oh, wait! He has never tested positive! MLB’s drug testing policy is a joke. So they have to witch hunt.

    • slartibartfast4242 - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      It is no witch hunt if the witches are real.

      • deathmonkey41 - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:11 AM

        You ain’t kidding. I’ve watched Scooby Doo! Witches are real just like phantoms, Witchdoctors, The Minter Fortyniner, the Ghost of Captain Cutler, Ape Men, The Ghost of Elias Kingston, Mummies, the Ghost of Redbeard, the Zombie of Swamp’s End, Cavemen, Creepers, Headless Spectres, Werewolves, Wax Phantoms, and the Ghost of Mr. Hyde. Zoinks!!!

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:05 AM

        @deathmoney – they are not real. It was Old Man Caruthers. And he would have gotten away with it if it wasn’t for those meddling kids!

    • apkyletexas - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:11 AM

      “Witch hunt” doesn’t mean what you think it means. A true witch hunt involved older wives accusing a younger, more beautiful woman of being a witch because she was stealing the attention and wandering eyes of the husbands. A-Rod is neither younger, more beautiful, nor attractive to the husbands.

      And if you ever want to read about a fascinating story, look up the “witch prickers” of the 17th century. These men ran around Europe with long needles they would poke into girls’ skin to prove whether or not they were witches. Wonder whatever happened to that most noble profession They evolved directly through 18th and 19th century German academia into what you now know as Psychiatrists.

      • tuberippin - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:58 AM

        “A true witch hunt involved older wives accusing a younger, more beautiful woman of being a witch because she was stealing the attention and wandering eyes of the husbands.”

        “True” witch hunt? Execution of supposed/presumed witches has gone on for 4000 years. There’s been plenty of reasons as to why. But I digress.

      • yankee172 - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:44 AM

        What a useless bit of pedantry. You must be a blast at parties.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:09 AM

        @tuberippin – yes, it has gone on for millenia. But they were actually quite comical

    • deadeyedesign23 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:40 AM

      I actually applaud MLB for this kind of ambition when it comes to cleaning up the game. We always talk about how the game will never be clean because the people trying to dodge the tests will always be a step ahead of the testers so MLB, rather creatively, went to the source.

    • tuberippin - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:59 AM

      Did you forget the part where Alex Rodriguez admitted to steroid use previously, publicly?

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 1, 2013 at 7:50 AM

      I blame his cousin for getting him the bolo.

  4. Minoring In Baseball - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    If MLB gave out more lifetime bans, this issue would probably disappear in time. Let’s hope the right decision is made in this case.
    http://minoringinbaseball.com/

    • Reflex - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:15 PM

      Just like how nobody gambled after the Black Sox scandal…

      • Minoring In Baseball - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:26 PM

        You can’t have piss tests for gambling, though…

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:29 PM

        I’d say Pete Rose’s case certainly made an impact.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:31 PM

        And the Black Sox players weren’t banned for gambling.

        They were banned for throwing games.

        Something that doesn’t happen regularly anymore.

        I wonder why that is….

      • brewcrewfan54 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:03 AM

        Guys don’t throw games because they get paid enough not to.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:46 AM

        That and baseball is a hard game to fix if you don’t have the starting pitcher or multiple guys in the take. Basketball is the go-to game to throw because 1 guy can do it.

      • deadeyedesign23 - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:57 AM

        If you’re argument that only one player has been popped for gambling between 1920 and now, you’re sort of making his point.

        Especially because, depending on who you believe, between 10-25 players are about to be suspended for PEDs.

      • trollingforjustice - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        pete rose was far worse than just gambling…there are at least 4-5 bats out there that were signed as “authentic” 3000 hit bat not to mention countless jerseys sold as the game jersey he hit in..probably trying to raise more money to gamble with

      • Reflex - Aug 1, 2013 at 2:03 PM

        My point was that gambling and baseball did not end, nor did players involvement in it. Rose is the most obvious example, but baseball fought it for decades, even penalizing players like Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle for even taking jobs at a casino.

        As for Rose, as I mention in every thread, he’s a huge part of the reason for PED’s being in baseball in the first place, and as such has violated pretty much every rule of the game.

        Since people keep asking for the link, and since Google is loaded with his current comments on PEDs, here you go: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/eticket/story?page=steroids&num=2

  5. coloradogolfcoupons - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Sounds like they are negotiating a divorce. Mlb, the long-suffering, mentally and physically abused spouse, gets half the remaining money on the contract, custody of the kids Arod recruited to Biogenesis (Melky, Colon, Grandal), and his collection of Madonna’s panties.
    Arod gets to keep whatever is left of his dignity and reputation. In other words, nada. Zip. Zilch. But with half that $100 million he can buy his own PR firm to whisper how great he is in his ear when he’s down in the dumps.

  6. brewcrewfan54 - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Good choice if he wants to make sure he sees most of that kajillion dollars the Yankees will still owe him.

  7. DonRSD - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    HAHAHA Yankees. Should have never signed this bum.

    LETS GO METS!!!
    The future is looking bright.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:59 PM

      No its not.

      • dannymac17 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:08 AM

        i know right? what is wrong with this guy.

      • dondada10 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:17 AM

        In fairness, the Mets future is relatively bright. Harvey and Wheeler should make a nice 1-2. Meija was a top 100 prospect before injury and has looked great this year between the minors and majors. Syndergaard looks like he’s going to be dominant. Montero is, at worst, a quality 4-5 type starter. Factor in Jon Niese and Dillion Gee, and there’s a ton of pitching there.

        I digress, though. The OP was atrociously obnoxious.

    • Ducky Medwick - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:19 AM

      #BARVES

      • crisisofinfinitephils - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:48 AM

        They’re a perfectly cromulent team.

    • tuberippin - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:05 AM

      Considering the Mets have had three homegrown hitting prospects pan out in their nearly fifty-year history (Strawberry, Reyes, Wright), and you need to score runs to win games…the future is not as bright as you prognosticate. They also don’t have any money to throw at big-name FAs like they did years back with Carlos Beltran (and Carlos Delgado, and Robby Alomar, and Mo Vaughn, Jeromy Burnitz, Jason Bay, et al).

      • sdelmonte - Aug 1, 2013 at 5:33 AM

        1. Not having money to waste on more Jason Bays is not a bad thing, I would say.

        2. What big name free agents? The market is changing. The only way to go is to build from within and sign them young.

      • jayscarpa - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:20 AM

        1969

      • tuberippin - Aug 2, 2013 at 4:05 PM

        ” The only way to go is to build from within and sign them young.”

        That’s fine, except again, the Mets have had three homegrown hitting prospects pan out in their team’s entire history. The other guys that they’ve had who made valuable contributions came through free agency or trades. The market may be changing, but the Mets’ scouting and minor-league development of hitting prospects also needs to change with it, or they’re not going anywhere and their pitching will be for moot.

  8. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    I hope they still present the evidence just so we can see how bad this guy is lying, I think that would be really neat and interesting to know cause it has to be good if they are talking about lifetime bans

    • dondada10 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:18 AM

      I’m surprised you didn’t spin this article into an indictment of the Blue Jays shitty season and flawed roster.

      • APBA Guy - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:28 AM

        I’m surprised too. Who knew Harry had more than one thought?

      • cur68 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:48 AM

        Christ, its like a breakthrough in a therapy session! The patient has actually crapped in the crapper instead of into his hand! Next, he must work on basic wiping skillz.

  9. Glenn - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    As a BoSox fan, I wish MLB would leave him alone and let the Yankees have to eat all of that horrible contract. It wouldn’t be justice for cheaters or ARod, but it would sure hurt the Yankees. The Steinbrenners and Cashman are rooting for a lifetime ban, enough for the rest of baseball to want the opposite. I admit that I am a little biased here. Sort of a cosmic payback for the Yankees “buying” all of those championships.

    Does anyone want to see the Yankees benefit from the Biogenesis fallout?

    • hcf95688 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:15 AM

      Pot/kettle.

      The Bosox were this kind of likeable team until they realized the only way they could win was to emulate the Yankees and buy their own world series rings.

    • bigharold - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:41 AM

      “…Yankees “buying” all of those championships.”

      News flash, .. all baseball players are paid therefore all championships are bought. The Yankees are just better at it than most teams.

      Last time I heard the 04 and 07 RS weren’t doing it for the love of the game and a little beer money under the table.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 1, 2013 at 7:55 AM

      Glenn, let’s name all your home grown talent that won the steroid era championships fo the Bosox, Pedro, BIG Papi, Veritek, Damon, Millar, Lowell Schilling and Manny, should I continue Glenn?
      Yankees now, core four!
      Dude, at least know what you are talking about!

  10. beefytrout - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    I’m sick of all these headlines starting in “Report:…”

    Eventually, we’re going to see:

    Report: Alex Rodriguez being investigated as second gunman on grassy knoll

    Report: Major League Baseball preparing to throw a raging kegger

    Report: Craig Calcaterra to be charged with cyber-harassment of Michael Young

  11. Stiller43 - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Why would the MLB want to cut a deal if they have sufficient evidencd against him?

    Its obvious Bud wants him out of baseball…either give him what he deserves based on the evidence you have or STFU.

    • dondada10 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:19 AM

      Cashman, is that you?

    • bigharold - Aug 1, 2013 at 2:26 AM

      At this point, .. why would A-Rod take a deal from MLB??

      The same sources that are saying that he looking to deal also admits, (because it seems like the logical outcome), that a life time ban likely won’t hold up. They offering him a 210+ game ban. If it goes to arbitration, .. and the lifetime ban doesn’t fly, .. and arbitrator will almost assuredly not give him more of a suspension than what MLB is offering him now to settle. In fact, it’s most likely that he will get far less. He might get 50 games. Even if he gets 100, it’s less than half of what they are currently offering. Why cave?

      From A-Rod’s PR standpoint, he should fight this to the end. This way he doesn’t have to admit that he cheated whether he gets the suspension or not. And, if he ends up with less than half of what he’s currently being offered he will point to that and say it is proof that MLB went too far and singled him out. That filthy rich owners were out to get him because he got the contracts he got. From a financial standpoint, it’s a no brainer, he’ll likely preserve far more of his contract than what he would get if he accepts MLB current offer.

      Either way, he’s reputation is shit, MLB will continue to leak stuff about him and his relationship with the Yankees is poisoned. If I’m A-Rod, I fight to the bitter end. And, that is MLB fault. They set out to make an example of A-Rod and it might well blow up in their face. The smart thing to do would be give him a 50 game suspension and move on. No drama, no protracted soap opera and no precedent of ignoring the CBA and JDA unilaterally. Down the road this aspect will cause problems with the union especially if the owners continue to beat the drum about putting language in the CBA to void contracts. To me, it is no wonder that the union has beaten MLB in every confrontation. If you think guys like A-Rod are arrogant than you likely haven’t looked too closely at the owners. MLB could’ve put an end to this weeks ago dragging it on like this is stupid.

      Lastly, every one just assumes, because MLB has been planting stories with every sympathetic and or lazy journalist they can get their hands on, that they have a mountain of evidence against A-Rod. What if it’s more like a mole hill of evidence and he beats the rap completely? Not possible you say?? That’s what everybody thought about OJ too.

      If I’m A-Rod I’m fighting this thing tooth and nail. The absolute worse thing that can happen to me is I get a life time ban and I take my nine figure net worth and spend the rest of my days enjoying myself. If I win or at least don’t get a lifetime ban, I take the rest of the year off and start preparing to come back some time late next Spring. Either way I’m not getting into the Hof and MLB is going too do everything it can to stick it to me. So why not fight?

      • brewcrewfan54 - Aug 1, 2013 at 2:36 AM

        You know nobody is reading this because its to damn long.

      • bigharold - Aug 1, 2013 at 3:15 AM

        Yeah but I fell asleep during the Yankee game and now I’m wide awake so I had to do something.

        Besides, I’m Irish, .. and we Irish love to write.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Aug 1, 2013 at 3:53 AM

        Never heard the Irish like to write. Know they like to drink. I like to drink. I’m German.

  12. andyreidisfat - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Someone please explain why a good congress man who likes to get freaky cyber sex with people other than his wife has to resign, but a baseball player who cheated the game and probably was more involved in biogenesis than we will ever know doesn’t ??

    I don’t give a poop if he signed for 1 dollar, if the phillies had arod I would not spend one dime on them. Him and guys like Braun are clearly sociopaths who care not for anyone but them selves, I can forgive the guys who admit what they did and even though I think one time and your gone should be the rule I can understand giving guys a chance. But when you look your own fans and a bunch of hero less / parenthesis kids who worship you a lie so that you can get even richer. F arod and Braun. You should t get a different standard because you can hit ball with a bat

    • brewcrewfan54 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:19 AM

      I don’t know that sociopath is the right word. I think narccisist would be better.

  13. aceshigh11 - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Well, with a lifetime ban hanging over his head, MLB pretty much forced his hand. This is going to be very interesting…

    • historiophiliac - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:24 AM

      Doom.

  14. pisano - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    I hope he’s dumb enough to fight it, and gets banned for life, he’s a total scumbag.

  15. starvingardens - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Man this guy just needs to leave the sport. If anyone deserves a lifetime ban from baseball just like Pete Rose, Ster-Rod is the man.

    • dondada10 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:21 AM

      Everybody goes A-Roid. Ster-rod, however, is damn near the fucking word!

      Steroid
      Ster-rod.

      Slow clap.

  16. Sports King of this world - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    A-Roid Rodriguez, Barry Bonds Mark McGuire should be banned for life. Baseball has dramatically suffered because of these douches. I can’t stand these asswipes

    • brewcrewfan54 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:22 AM

      The ratings would say otherwise.

    • dondada10 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:22 AM

      One of these three names doesn’t belong. And it’s Big Mac. He and his chubby son saved post-1994 baseball.

      • patfic15 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:34 AM

        Agreed. Bonds was a dick who helped usher in the probes…smartest guy of the bunch..Canseco

      • bigharold - Aug 1, 2013 at 2:33 AM

        “…smartest guy of the bunch..Canseco”

        Point me towards whatever weed you’re smoking. Canseco has been called a lot things but smart wasn’t ever one of them.

    • jwbiii - Aug 1, 2013 at 2:43 AM

      Mark McGuire, the Cubs VP for business operations, has done some pretty sleazy things, like setting up the Cubs’ internal ticket scalping operation, but I hardly think that rises to the level of a lifetime ban.

      • Sports King of this world - Aug 1, 2013 at 3:31 AM

        We all know that most Owners and Cooperate hierarchy are sleaze bags. That’s pretty much a given. But to cheat for years is just something I can’t forgive. Either do it the right way or don’t give us anything.

    • cohnjusack - Aug 1, 2013 at 7:59 AM

      A-Roid Rodriguez, Barry Bonds Mark McGuire should be banned for life.

      Uh-huh. What about the other roughly 7,000 players who did steroids? Do Matt Williams, Fernando Vina, Jason Giambi, Rick Ankiel, etc also get banned for life? Or what about the other players who cheated before them?

      Do you think it might be important to make a distinction between PED users now and those who used at a time when MLB and the media did everything in their power to ignore the problem?

  17. jimbo75025 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    While Arod is a scumbag and probably deserves what is coming to him, I am a bit put off about a 200+ game suspension for him while Braun only got 65 games. Considering the crap pulled last year in basically ruining a guys life to save his own cheatig skin, he should have gotten a season + vacation as well.

    • Bob Loblaw - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:12 AM

      Braun should have been suspended for a year for his horribly lame excuse when his name first showed up in this Biogenesis mess. “I wuz only using them to help me with info on my case last year”. Most people knew that was a crock of shit. Yet he only got 65 games?

      • jimbo75025 - Aug 1, 2013 at 2:36 AM

        Well, I agree in that it was rather scummy of him, but all things considered I think most would at least try to come up with a plausible excuse when put in that situation in the hopes it flew.

        I am concerned more with Brauns throwing the testing guy under the bus last year to save his own skin (temporarily anyway) when he was guilty as sin.

        As much as I hate Arod, what Braun did there was on an entirely different level of douchiness.

  18. charlutes - Aug 1, 2013 at 3:32 AM

    Mercifully coming to a close? You guys write 20 A-roid stories every day…

  19. horrificlystoopid - Aug 1, 2013 at 4:36 AM

    Makes me wonder if the Yankee ownership ain’t well tuned in to the entire negotiations and willing to fund MLB’s lawyers to fight A Rod if need be.

  20. ctony1216 - Aug 1, 2013 at 6:43 AM

    The settlement with A-Rod and other players should include a detailed explanation of precisely how these guys consistently beat MLB’s drug tests.

    After becoming so enlightened, MLB and the Player’s Union need to work together to improve their testing program.

    Ryan Braun, Melky Cabrera, and Bartolo Colon failed drug tests, but the only reason A-Rod, Nelson Cruz, Peralta, etc., got caught is because of the Miami Times article. This episode doesn’t solve baseball’s drug problem, it only exposes how weak their drug-testing program actually is. Other players are cheating, and we’ll find out how serious MLB really is about banning steroids by how they improve their testing program.

    • deathmonkey41 - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:15 AM

      That might mean exposing Big Papi for the fraud he is- Buddy Boy isn’t going to go for that.

  21. deathmonkey41 - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Has anyone considered that maybe he just drank tainted milkshakes while visiting the DR? As we know from past experiences, that happens there a lot.

  22. klownboy - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    I wish MLB would ban A-Roid’s arse, but I guess a lengthy suspension would have to do. Hopefully my Yankees will be able to void the rest of that fool’s contract.
    http://wp.me/p1gCK6-uq

  23. Advanced Strength Training Programs - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    It must be nice to be in a negotiation about the rules he broke. Most of us just get fired when we break the rules at work

  24. ironhawk - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    I’m really not a fan of a settlement. It seems to me that if you think someone did something so terrible they deserve a LIFETIME BAN, then you shouldn’t be willing to give them a lighter sentence. If you are willing to just suspend him for a season, then he didn’t deserve a lifetime ban in the first place.

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