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Report: Alex Rodriguez plans to fight suspension through appeal process

Aug 1, 2013, 9:17 PM EDT

ESPN’s T.J. Quinn reported yesterday that Alex Rodriguez‘s representatives were negotiating a possible settlement with MLB in regard to a suspension for his ties to Biogenesis. However, it appears that talks have broken down.

This seems to jibe with the latest update from Quinn, which says that Rodriguez’s representatives and MLB “aren’t anywhere close” to agreeing on the length of a suspension. Key for Rodriguez is that he wants to maximize the $100 million remaining on his contract with the Yankees.

As Craig Calcaterra reported yesterday, MLB is prepared to ban Rodriguez for life if a settlement isn’t reached. This would force him to fight the league through arbitration, where he could still be handed a lengthy suspension. Bud Selig has reportedly considered using the “best interests of baseball clause” to keep him off the field if he appeals.

There should be an announcement on a suspension any day now, but it sounds like the drama is just beginning.

  1. Kevin S. - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Still think that Bud won’t play the “you’re suspended while you appeal” card here – MLBPA might be willing to stop protecting the users, but they aren’t going to surrender on due process, and whatever PR gains Selig thinks he’ll get by not having A-Rod step onto the field would be more than offset by the hit he’ll take if he loses the union backing he’s had so far.

    • bigharold - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:59 PM

      Not to mention that the union, A-Rod or both will go to Federal court to get an injection to lift the suspension until the appeal is heard.

      Stupid, MLB could have settled this already but they are intent on snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

      • fearlessleader - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:11 PM

        Pretty sure “getting injections” was what got him into this mess in the first place….. ;)

      • pellypell - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:13 PM

        Freudian slip?

      • bigharold - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:18 PM

        Nah, .. piss poor typing combined with suspect spelling skills.

      • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:22 AM

        Yeah, maybe, but it played beautifully. I took it as art. Even Freud would have been proud of you.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:52 AM

      TJ Quinn should STFU, all his reports are half assed and he comes off as a liar, just
      go away and stop reporting false information.

    • mikejr27105 - Aug 2, 2013 at 3:19 AM

      I think the comments Buck Showalter made about the Ar rod yankees situation sheds a lot of light on the whole A Rod is evil position. The Baltimore manager stated that this is not really about A rod, its about Bud Selig helping the Yankees out by keeping A rod off the field with this long suspension would take 25 million out of the yankees budget and put them under the salary cap just in time to avoid the luxury tax penalties next year and allow the Yankees to go back to spending tons of money again and buying championships. Buck used to be the Yankee manager and know how they do business. This is not a how bad Arod is problem, its a Yankee budget problem.
      All the reporters are jumping on Arod who has never actually tested positive for steroids, but yet is being labeled as guilty until proven innocent. Thats a real backwards way of doing things, but yet in plays in the Great Yankee tradition of money first above all else and get MLB to back you up. Nice job Bud Selig, how much money are you getting under the table for the smoke and mirrors witch hunt?

      • caciquecaonao - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:14 AM

        Bucky got balls. Agree with him. Where was the commish when Jason Bay, Oliver Lopez, et al, turned on the Mets. I’m sure Selig could had dug up something to help out.

      • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:48 AM

        Buckyballs. Hahahahahah.

      • 1historian - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:15 AM

        “This is not a how bad Arod is problem. It’s a Yankee budget problem.”

        True to a point, but this is pro sports a multi-billion dollar business and as long as people keep buying tickets this will continue. It’s the nature of the business these days. People will bitch but they’ll keep0 buying tickets so really nothing will change.

  2. rightherenow123 - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Apparently Selig sends a letter to the PA that he wont invoke that every year. He is also not part of that appeal hearing. What has Arod got to lose?How is a plea deal 220 games. That is like a prosecutor offering you only 15 years for murder when youre 80 years old…whats the hurt in fighting it?

    Money? He is sitting on $300 million cash!

    • weaselpuppy - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:13 AM

      Lifetime Baseball earnings-$353M

      effective 35 %tax bracket

      agents cut- 4%

      Cash left $210MM

      less 19 years of celebrity lifestyle spending on things like mansions, centaur paintings, chicks, posse, self tanner, chicks, cars, boats, posse, chicks, buying incriminating documents,…yknow, essentials…

      plus endorsement money (said to be $2MM a yr by Forbes) minus taxes and agents fees on that stuff.

      Cash left? I mean in paper investments/retirement and cash/gold etc…easily convertible liquidy type? $20-70MM?? WAG I know, but still…plus of course houses boats cars centaur paintings…

      Not poor, not gonna Antoine Walker himself….but another $50MM out of that $100MM owed sure would help…brutha gotta eat….

    • mikejr27105 - Aug 2, 2013 at 3:26 AM

      This aint about Arod keeping his money. Its about Bud Selig giving a bailout to the New York Yankees by suspending AROD next year and the Yankees can remove his 25 million off their books and be under the luxury Tax limit next year and save millions in tax penalties. This will allow the yankees to have enough money to sign Cano next year and get back to the business of buying championships. Way too go Bud Selig. Your a true Yankee fan.

  3. cdeangelus - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Make no mistake: this isn’t about the game for A-Rod, it’s about the money. Athletes leverage their guaranteed contracts into incredibly large lines of credit. His $100M still owed could very easily already be spoken for in terms of large purcahses, investments, etc.

    If A-Rod loses the $100 million left on his contract, his life will get complicated and ugly very quickly. He’s fighting to avoid financial ruin, not to salvage his baseball legacy.

    • kingscourt25 - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:41 PM

      Except he won’t lose his 100m if he accepts the deal. A-Rod is fighting for pride at this point.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:58 AM

      what are you talking about, do you have access to his financial statements, more ridiculous comments from people getting carried away by too much PED coverage.

  4. quintjs - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    He will fight. He will talk. He will fight. He will settle. He will fight.

    This is either pretty remarkable, or no one in the media actually knows what they are talking about.

    • apkyletexas - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:10 PM

      After all this, I’m glad he’s fighting it. I would feel kind of short-changed if he didn’t completely drag himself through the mud over the next year or so.

      • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:24 AM

        quintjs: good call. It’s the kind of comment that even if it’s wrong, you’re right.

      • fanofevilempire - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:02 AM

        Yeah, Selig and MLB come off as saints, fighting endlessly for the integrity of baseball, that is so funny every time I mention that line I laugh like never before.

  5. sophiethegreatdane - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Whew! That was a close call. Fourteen or fifteen minutes flew by without an Arod post, and I was starting to panic.

    • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:50 AM

      I give our odd Hemingway hound, Fido, a little bone-shaped tranquilizer chew called Composure: http://www.1800petmeds.com/Composure++Bite+Sized+Chews-prod11251.html

      Works well for thunderstorm anxiety, which is important because Fido throws his quills when he gets spooked by thunder. I imagine it might work pretty well for the booming voice of Dog coming down from the league orifice, too.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:08 AM

      and yet here you are reading the A-Rod post, go figure….

  6. mississippimusicman - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Since it would be a big problem for bud to use the “best interests” clause in terms of precedent and relations with the MLBPA, why not do something a little creative, perfectly in-line with the CBA, and just as effective by:

    1. Suspend A-Rod for Biogenesis stuff
    2. Wait for A-Rod to appeal
    3. Immediately suspend A-Rod for CBA violation for when he got that second opinion on his hammy without team authorization, and possibly for his comments to the media regarding same

    As murky as the waters are around the Biogenesis stuff are, he very clearly violated the CBA and/or his contract by getting a second opinion without team authorization. He could also be in line for discipline for his comments that led up to STFU-Gate. He couldn’t play while appealing his drug suspension if he’s busy serving a suspension for that stuff, could he? It would also avoid setting precedent that could cause relations with the MLBPA to go sour.

    • Roger Moore - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:22 PM

      The problem is Bud can’t pass out arbitrary suspensions for whatever he pleases; any suspension he hands down is subject to appeal to an arbitrator, who will rule at least in part based on precedent. There’s no way an arbitrator will uphold an indefinite suspension for getting a second opinion without team approval or saying something stupid to the press. The arbitrators aren’t stupid, they’ll recognize that it’s a transparent attempt to get around the suspension being on hold pending appeal, and they’ll get angry at Bud for trying it.

      • mississippimusicman - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:09 PM

        I never suggested an “indefinite” suspension for getting a second opinion, or for making damaging comments about his club (basically saying they were lying about his readiness to come off the DL) or whatever, just one long enough to cover all or most of the gap before the arbitrator rules on his appeal for the PED suspension.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      3. Immediately suspend A-Rod for CBA violation for when he got that second opinion on his hammy without team authorization, and possibly for his comments to the media regarding same

      This is at the team level, and it’s generally a fine. He’s not getting suspended for that

      He could also be in line for discipline for his comments that led up to STFU-Gate

      No, he’s not. Literally every single member of his team, save Jeter who’s not on twitter, did the exact same thing as Arod. As the guys at RAB mentioned, you could follow Granderson’s day to day rehab via twitter. You’re really stretching here

      • mississippimusicman - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:13 PM

        The exact same thing? I don’t recall Granderson accusing the team of lying about his readiness to play, or getting his unauthorized doctor to make a radio tour. I also didn’t suggest this as anything personal against A-Rod. I only suggested it as a possible way to keep from getting on the MLBPA’s bad side by using the “best interests” clause.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:05 AM

      You want to hand down a lifetime ban for seeking a second opinion and because the doctor
      talked to sport radio about his opinion of a MRI.

      • mississippimusicman - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        I never said a *lifetime ban* for the second opinion, just a suspension long enough to let the arbitration go through on the PED charges. What you guys aren’t getting is that I’m trying to suggest some possible workaround so that Bud can *temporarily* keep A-Rod off the field while the process plays out on the Biogenesis stuff without ruining labor relations.

  7. illad3lph1a - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    This makes it more likely that nelly and Cabrera could also appeal

  8. BigBeachBall - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Meet Pete roses replacement…

    • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:43 AM

      …along the lines of there being one guardian of the gate to Hell, and being stuck there unless you can trick someone else into taking your place?

      • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:44 AM

        ….or am I confusing that one with the moose turd pie story?

  9. elks84 - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Yawn. You’re behind the game in the breaking news department.

  10. aldog83 - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    A Rod is Rich!

    I hope he is banned for life and the appeal fails.

    I am tired of hearing about this Jerk.

    He got what he wanted, to be rich.

    On talent alone he would have been an all star. but never would he have got the riches he taken

    from the teams he has let down.

    good riddance

  11. tfbuckfutter - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    So weird.

    I’d expect a standup guy like A-Rod to admit his mistakes and take his punishment.

    I mean, he’s always seemed to honorable.

  12. hockeyflow33 - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    He’s definitely one of the biggest DBs in all of sports but it’s pretty ridiculous to make him the fall guy for this whole mess.

    I hate you Selig for making me root for Arod

    • jimbo75025 - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:02 AM

      Sadly, I’m in that same boat. Is it that offensive that someone who was an admitted juicer in the past got busted again?

      I am a great deal more offended by the Braun situation where he dragged everyone else through the mud professing to be innocent to save his own butt then got nailed again 18 months later. 65 games? Puhlease.

  13. paperlions - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Today the NFL suspended a player for PEDs. No grand standing, no moralizing, no leaks. Just a failed test and punishment meted out according to the CBA. None of this should really be as difficult or vexing as MLB, the BBWAA members, or baseball fans make it out to be.

  14. gibbskins9 - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Quit the speculations let us know when you have hard facts

    • tfbuckfutter - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:22 PM

      Hard facts in an evolving situations = a solution.

      Would you like there to be no reported developments on the ongoing situation until a solution is reached?

  15. winningwarlock - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Maybe he can split rent with Pete Rose in Vegas for the banned for life autograph show…

    • tfbuckfutter - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:06 AM

      I’m going to go out on a limb and say Alex doesn’t get a gold star in the Sharing category.

  16. wpjohnson - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Bud won’t make a decision until Rodriguez qualifies for Social Security. Come on, Bud. Get it done.

    • tfbuckfutter - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:09 AM

      He’s got to be close to social security.

      Didn’t he get a hip replacement? And he was also at one point dating an elderly woman.

      • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:46 AM

        I can see the advantages to that if you’re recovering from a hip replacement. And of course, remember what Benjamin Franklin wrote to his son about dating older women: they’re ripe and they’re so grateful.

  17. sabatimus - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Coach Calhoun: you want some advice? Shut up.

  18. darylj332000 - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Arod is gonna be the next banned for lifer…He can’t appeal if Bud uses “integrity of the game” clause

    • apkyletexas - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:49 AM

      He can always appeal to the court system if nothing else.

  19. kcfanatic - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    if he retires tomorrow he keeps all the money

  20. theskinsman - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    Let’s hope the Yanks aren’t using that sharpest tool in the shed (Bud) to get out of paying A-Roid every dollar they insisted on signing up to pay him.

  21. mikejr27105 - Aug 2, 2013 at 3:27 AM

    Reblogged this on mikejr27105 and commented:
    I think the comments Buck Showalter made about the Ar rod yankees situation sheds a lot of light on the whole A Rod is evil position. The Baltimore manager stated that this is not really about A rod, its about Bud Selig helping the Yankees out by keeping A rod off the field with this long suspension would take 25 million out of the yankees budget and put them under the salary cap just in time to avoid the luxury tax penalties next year and allow the Yankees to go back to spending tons of money again and buying championships. Buck used to be the Yankee manager and know how they do business. This is not a how bad Arod is problem, its a Yankee budget problem.
    All the reporters are jumping on Arod who has never actually tested positive for steroids, but yet is being labeled as guilty until proven innocent. Thats a real backwards way of doing things, but yet in plays in the Great Yankee tradition of money first above all else and get MLB to back you up. Nice job Bud Selig, how much money are you getting under the table for the smoke and mirrors witch hunt?

  22. uyf1950 - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:56 AM

    Any reference to the idea that banning A-Rod for life is some conspiracy between Bud Selig and the Yankees is ludicrous. Selig is doing to A-Rod whatever his ultimate decision winds up being because in his mind and heart and soul he sees A-Rod at the epicenter of MLB’s steroid problem over the last 10 years. And he wants to make an example out of him. No more, no less.

    So quit with the conspiracy theories and accept this for what it is. A battle of 2 giant egos Selig’s on one side and A-Rod’s on the other neither willing willing to give an inch right now. But one where neither will get 100% of what they want in the end. Selig,won’t get a lifetime ban and A-Rod will lose a good chunk of change.

  23. s2mikey - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:07 AM

    Is there an easier person to hate than this guy? Baseball in general is loaded with lazy, extremely overpaid prima donnas but Pay Rod takes the top spot. He’s a cheater, a liar, a womanizer, and isn’t worth nearly what he’s being paid. Baseball has really become a useless sport. Does anyone even care anymore? I sure don’t. Hope the sports folds and pay rod gets run over by a bus.

  24. rick1k6 - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    Think I’ll just wait for that Sports Illustrated cover jinx to kick in. That should clear everything up.

  25. thesportsjudge - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    “best interests of baseball clause”

    Maybe MLB should not have let Rodriguez sign those TWO ridiculous contracts!

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