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Report: Alex Rodriguez can still accept a 150-game suspension

Aug 21, 2013, 1:04 AM EDT

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A person close to Alex Rodriguez told Bob Nightengale of USATODAY that the disgraced slugger has a standing offer from MLB to have his suspension reduced from 211 games to 150 if he foregoes his appeal.

The source told Nightengale that MLB originally offered a 100-game ban before announcing the 211-game suspension, but that the compromise was upped to 150 games once the announcement was made.

MLB denied the report to Nightengale: “We have not offered 100 games and no offer is on the table,” MLB vice president Rob Manfred said in an e-mail to USA TODAY Sports.

If this is true, it suggests Rodriguez and the league would still have some room to maneuver should Rodriguez aim for a resolution. Something like 125 games, if accepted soon, would allow him to return right around the All-Star break next year. Rodriguez, though, may like his chances of ending up with a lesser suspension through the arbitration process.

  1. yournuts - Aug 21, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    First time PED users, and he is really a first timer, he was never suspended, is only 50 games.

    • raysfan1 - Aug 21, 2013 at 1:22 AM

      What, did you miss the “History’s Greatest Monster” clause in the JDA?

    • irvin12589 - Aug 21, 2013 at 6:33 AM

      He is receiving such a lengthy suspension because not only did he use PEDs, he lied to the MLB about it and at several points attempted to hinder the MLB investigation as well as intimidate witnesses not to testify. If you ask me he is getting off easily. Pete Rose got hammered for something that did far less damage to baseball then what Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco, A-Rod and Bud Selig have done. Those people are who really deserve lifetime bans from the game.

      • American of African Descent - Aug 21, 2013 at 8:42 AM

        Oh sweet Mary Jane. Can we please bringing Pete Rose into this? As an initial matter, gambling is very different than steroids. But even more importantly, Pete Rose accepted a lifetime ban!

      • cohnjusack - Aug 21, 2013 at 8:49 AM

        I looove hearing about all the “damage” they did, as though baseball is struggling to be relevant as opposed to more profitable than it’s ever been, with more people attending games than ever.

        No, the “damage” steroids caused was causing a few people to flip out as though Alex Rodriguez murdered children. No, he did some steroids, he got busted, he should be suspended. It doesn’t stop me or virtually anyone else from loving baseball.

      • stevem7 - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:04 AM

        So tell us IRVIN, are you a member of the MLB Investigating Division and have seen the proof of all these charges or are you just a jackwagon running his mouth with nothing to back yourself up with? If you have PROOF, hard evidence of your charges then produce it … otherwise go back to playing with yourself.

      • peymax1693 - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        There is a double standard at work here. Melky Cabrera lied when he claimed that he only took legal supplements and then he hindered MLB’s investigation when he created a false website to back up his claims. Yet MLB did not give Melky any additional punishment for his conduct.

      • yournuts - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:05 AM

        excuse me, betting on your own team is a completely different story. Every single person who takes PED’s lies. They lie to their family, the fans, the federal government and anyone who tries to catch them. That is why they have testing.
        According to MLB, first time offenders get a 50 game ban. Change that rule and then you can talk.

      • bigharold - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:59 AM

        “But even more importantly, Pete Rose accepted a lifetime ban!”

        Lets not forget about 15 years of refusing to admit the truth.

      • 65panhed - Aug 21, 2013 at 12:48 PM

        And you are? And you know this how? Do you yet have proof? We are in AMERICA, are we not? Is it not, innocent until PROVEN guilty, in AMERICA?
        There are two sides to this story and the truth lies somewhere in between.
        Get your collective heads on straight folks, remember where we live, remember whose national pastime this is, and as Americans remember what we stand for. Do not let personal animosity enter into the situation. You don’t have to like Alex rodriguez at this point, but we must hold ourselves to a higher bar.

      • irvin12589 - Aug 21, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        It has been reported by several news agencies that he lied, hindered and attempted to manipulate witnesses in this case. Are you going to honestly sit there and try and tell me that he is somehow not as bad and or worse then Pete Rose

      • irvin12589 - Aug 21, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        The MLB from what I understand did not suspend him under the steroid policy, they used the personal conduct policy in which the league office has the right to determine his suspension. PEDs were simply a part of the matter. Go to google type in “Alex Rodriguez Intimidated Witness” and read the countless articles that talk about him attempting to buy all the documents giving his name at biogenesis. It isn’t hard, really it’s entry level computer skills which I see all of you possess. You Yankee homers need to get over yourselves, if he was on any other team most of you would be singing a different tune.

      • muhangis - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:33 AM

        A-Rod certainly is not the first one to lie regarding use of PED’s, sorry. You’ll be hard pressed to find even a handful to admit to it, of the multitudes accused.

        Regarding ‘intimidating witnesses’? ‘hindering MLB investigation’? Sounds like your usual and clichéd rough speculation people like you always enjoy bringing up just for simple shits and giggles. Otherwise this ain’t the National Enquirer, so stfu

        Lol never gave much of a s about A-Rod, but some of you commenters are a joke!!

        *btw Rose never lied??
        Learn to put up a straight argument, stupid.

      • muhangis - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:45 AM

        I am not a Yanks fan, I’m an A’s fan. I just think your post sounds really stupid and is too artificial.

        All this hatred on Alex Rodriguez when none of us has met him or know him personally is getting old. He should be punished for his wrongs as it is, but we should not tack on all this extra hate because of how much $ he makes, or what team he plays for (I’m a lifetime Yankee hater), or his life in the tabloids, or based on whatever (true or untrue) stories or tales.

        I’m sick of all the “LET’S ALL HATE A-ROD AND I’M NOT EVEN SURE WHY” constant crap…. get a life.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 21, 2013 at 7:40 AM

      Not true – see Ryan Braun. And how do you know this suspension was for 1 test?

      • 65panhed - Aug 21, 2013 at 12:50 PM

        How do we know it wasn’t for marijuana, Extasy, or Cocaine???

  2. badintent - Aug 21, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Not gonna happen. His lawyers want to go the long legal route, MUCH MORE $$$ FOR THEM THAT WAY.

  3. motobus - Aug 21, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Why would he accept 125 if he turned down 100?

    • Matthew Pouliot - Aug 21, 2013 at 2:03 AM

      Because maybe his TV lawyer isn’t quite the genius he thought he was? But, no, I imagine he’s going to keep fighting. I was just throwing it out there that it seems it’s still negotiable.

      • jwbiii - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        Pay no attention to Tacopina’s histrionics. Rodriguez’s legal team is doing a fine job.

      • bigharold - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:23 AM

        “But, no, I imagine he’s going to keep fighting.”

        He’d be crazy not to. The difference in lost salary while profoundly significant to most people isn’t a make or break issue for A-Rod. MLB has gone to great lengths to make him out to be the worst thing that ever happened to baseball and a lot of what they’ve done is underhanded, unethical and a clear violation of the JDA. Not to mention obvious attempts to unilaterally circumvent the CBA and JDA by trying to impose a sanction that does not exist. At this point if A-Rod accepts anything he is essentially agreeing with MLB’s narrative which after all they done and said about him is nuts. His best case scenario is he proves MLB ‘s evidence is BS from a conman and a liar and beats the suspension. Worst case they get him for 100 games for violating the JDA and obstruction. Most likely outcome; he eats a 50 game suspension for a first time offense. 200+ games is far fetched but even if he gets suspended for 100 or 200+ games he can still say MLB railroaded him. Once he agrees any suspension that logic goes out the window.

        Either way, A-Rod is screwed but if he continues to fight it out he gets some measure of satisfaction because he didn’t give in and essentially validate MLB assertions. This nonsense about 150 game suspension is just more underhanded BS from MLB trying to keep the focus on A-Rod as the villain.

        And, BTW, MLB could have handed him his 50 game suspension and been one with this by now. So, .. way to go Bud!

  4. jayquintana - Aug 21, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    MLB: It’s 211 games, we won’t compromise on this. Absolutely not.
    A-ROD: My attorneys will challenge this.
    MLB: How does 150 games sound, Alex?

    At this point, if I’m A-Rod, I’m not sure I accept a 50 game suspension.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 21, 2013 at 7:42 AM

      You think it will be overturned all together?

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:10 AM

        I know you remember my ’150 games’ prediction.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:22 AM

        And I know you remember my “I ain’t going down disputing it” quote ;)

        But if the OP is suggesting A-Rod will do better then 50 games, yea, that one I will say aint’ happening.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:25 AM

        I seem to remember your vow if it does go down to 50 games. :)

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 21, 2013 at 1:41 PM

        And I stand by it!

  5. braddavery - Aug 21, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    Why would he accept even one game. He didn’t do ANYTHING wrong guys.

    • irvin12589 - Aug 21, 2013 at 6:34 AM

      no he only took PEDs and attempted to intimidate witnesses so he wouldn’t get caught. What a role model

      • bigharold - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:35 AM

        Says who MLB? They haven’t exactly been a paragon of virtue in this seedy episode. In fact a lot of the seediness is a direct result of their clear unethical behavior and backdoor PR campaign. This is the same bunch that weren’t smart enough to avoid getting caught in a collusion case that cost them hundreds of millions of dollars.

        Since the evidence hasn’t been released it’s all speculation. What is certain is the principal accuser and single point of evidence is clearly a charlatan, con man and a liar that was coerced into giving evidence against A-Rod. For MLB sake, I hope the evidence against A-Rod is sound otherwise not only are they going to look like bumbling imbeciles they are likely to be sued for several hundred million dollars, .. again.

      • braddavery - Aug 21, 2013 at 3:13 PM

        I was being facetious.

  6. logicalcomment - Aug 21, 2013 at 3:52 AM

    LEAVE A-ROD ALONE !!!!!

    • bigharold - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:24 AM

      Len, .. is that you?

      • coloradogolfcoupons - Aug 21, 2013 at 3:08 PM

        @big harold: “by trying to impose a sanction that does not exist”

        When you are the commissioner of MLB, ANY sanction is possible. LIFETIME BAN, HELLO?

        Whether he has the balls to implement it, I doubt it. But his ‘best interest of the game’ card can be played any time.

        You better believe that MLB would not have done this without a shitload of evidence from Texts, Phone Records, documents, prescriptions, eyewitness testimony and who knows what…why in the world would 12 Millionaires accept 50-65 game UNPAID suspensions without a whimper? And if the rumor that several of these guys were recruited by Arod, they may be witnesses at any arbitration hearing. MLB WANTS the confidentiality clause waived so they can bombard the world with all this evidence. They shut Arod’s mouthpiece up big-time on TV when he mouthed off about wishing he could show us all the ‘evidence’….bullshit. MLB called his bluff. Arod is going down in a big way, and all his apologists will be singing a different tune when the ‘evidence’ comes to light. You better believe old Bud would not be bluffing and made a fool of concerning something like this that would tarnish his cherished ‘legacy’, even if we all view him as a crook, imbecile, and worse.

      • bigharold - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:29 PM

        “When you are the commissioner of MLB, ANY sanction is possible. LIFETIME BAN, HELLO

        Not really as evidenced by the fact that MLB already tried to suggest that and did t do it. Even Selig knew that was nothing more than an empty threat.

        The CBA and JDA clearly state what is the sanction for what A-Rod is accused of and it’s not 210 games and its certainly not a life time ban. As for the evidence against A-Rod, have absolutely no idea what it is nor how strong it is because other than MLB’s leaks to guys like Bill Madden and other assorted bagmen nobody has actually seen it. But let’s not let that get in the way of making out like A-Rod is the worst villain since the inception of villainy.

        If A-Rod did what he’s accused of then what he deserves is a 50 game suspension’ end of story. He’ll according to the JDA he doesn’t rate the type of punishment they want to impose if they caught him on camera selling steroids. An intelligent person would ask themselves if MLB’s evidence is so good why the underhanded PR campaign? Why not just hand him his suspension and let him shoot his mouth off then destroy him at his hearing? What’s the purpose of trying to brow beat him into taking a suspension they can’t make stick?

  7. trublazer - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:34 AM

    what a joke…this thing called Major League Baseball. they will never get it.

  8. zidanevalor - Aug 21, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    If A-Rod’s lawyer was even half competent, couldn’t he just argue to the arbitrator that A-Rod is being suspended 61 games for exercising his legal right under the CBA to appeal a suspension?

    • chiadam - Aug 21, 2013 at 8:27 AM

      Since he’s playing while he appeals, I’m guessing no.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      Proof.

  9. chiadam - Aug 21, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    He’s being suspended under the Joint Drug rules. Offer 50 games like the rules in the CBA call for. As much as MLB hates Rodriguez, the rules exist for a reason. Bud can’t shake his fist and point to a mountain of evidence or years of PED abuse. It’s his first suspension. 50 games.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      You don’t know what evidence they have – why guess like that? These are not stupid people, and they’re advised by the some of the best, meanest lawyers on earth.

    • righthandofjustice - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      Where is the mountain of evidence? Have you seen it?

      If you have seen it, whoever passed it to you have violated the CBA already.

  10. jsnarehihat - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Baseball is a joke! A-Rod is a joke! The Yankees organization is a joke! I am so glad that Ryan Dempster hit him. That was for every middle of the road ball player who with minimal major league talent surpassed their goals to arrive in the majors only to encounter an athlete who is gifted by God to play baseball and have a Hall of Faqme career, but it still wasn’t enough for Alex Rodriquez. He had to cheat like Roger Clemens and it sickens me that ball players with no PED’s have to face this fraud. I will be watching Football and Hockey. The richest ball player in the history of the major leagues. probably with more money than the entire Cincinnati organization, defies major league baseball, and can and will threaten to sue the Yankees, Major League Baseball, and anyone else that stands in his way. Baseball is a joke. After over 50 years, I am over and out on this joke of a sport. Mr. Commissioner— Have some balls against A Rod and the players union and get this dirt bag out of baseball and truly clean up the sport. The fact that this guy is playing in a pennant race, makes all of baseball a MOCKERY. This is money talks and lawyers talk and SH%^$ it walks, at its FINEST!!

    • clemente2 - Aug 21, 2013 at 3:52 PM

      Umm, you are watching the NFL because of the lack of PEDs? You are a brainless twit.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:42 PM

        Maybe he meant PEDs give you no advantage in the NFL, since every single player is on them ;)

    • muhangis - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:59 AM

      uhh.. what?? Quit trolling this site please. They should ban people this unintelligent from commenting.

  11. righthandofjustice - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    These “anonymous sources” should just give everybody a break.

    If A-Rod refused a 50 game suspension while he was on the DL, refused another 100 game suspension offer again, why would he accept a 150 game suspension now?

    One interesting question is why MLB denied this rumor but let the 9,000 similar rumors floated for months in the past?

  12. christianalugo - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    The whole picture is just not right. It is hard to believe someone like Rodriguez would go to a geriatric clinic and not ask what the treatment was in detail. If there is a violator is the whistle blower who should not have done what was wrong (if it really happened) knowingly. Instead of MLB going to bed with the doctor they should have sued him for wrongful practice. ARod is good for the game. Hope he beats the MLB completely.

    • righthandofjustice - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      If you want more conspiracy theory here is one:

      MLB knew it has violated the CBA numerous times the last few months by either leaking or turning a blind eye willfully on the leaks. It has been officially challenged and warned by different entities NOW.

      Now it is time for it to (pretend to) be more proactive in shooting down rumors. It is just a PR stunt.

      • righthandofjustice - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:03 PM

        “The Office of the Commissioner investigated all allegations regarding players associated with Anthony Bosch and Biogenesis. The investigation found no violation by Miguel Tejada of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.”

        See? MLB just shot down another rumor by the ever popular “anonymous sources” today. They just denied the link of Miguel Tejeda to Biogenesis which was circulated last week. Two denials of rumors in one day is like more than they did in years?

        Question1: Who/what caused MLB to make the announcement all of a sudden? Why didn’t MLB do it last week?

        Question2: Still, they didn’t say why there was no announcement made on Tejada’s 2nd Adderall violation before the last (3rd) violation.

  13. neelymessier - Aug 21, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Arod paid the retainer for Bosch’s lawyer before the MLB investigation had much on Bosch. Why is he even associating with the man he tried to bribe to keep his own name out of it? He’s nothing but a liar, with a lot of documented communications, phone calls, shipment records and receipts. All of the others who accepted the bans knew the proof was sufficient. His ban is not for failing a test or denying it. It’s mainly for obstruction of justic.e.Ultimately he will serve at least 100 games.

    • righthandofjustice - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      Don’t be surprised if A-Rod retained Bosch’s lawyer not to defense himself but to attack somebody else.

  14. beachnbaseball - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Read the article, folks.

    A person close to Alex Rodriguez told Bob Nightengale of USATODAY that the disgraced slugger has a standing offer from MLB to have his suspension reduced from 211 games to 150 if he foregoes his appeal.

    MLB denied the report to Nightengale: “We have not offered 100 games and no offer is on the table,” MLB vice president Rob Manfred said in an e-mail to USA TODAY Sports.

    I’d prefer to believe a “real name” ie. Rob Manfred over “A person close to Alex Rodriguez”.

    • righthandofjustice - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      Yes I want to know who that “person close to Alex Rodriguez” was too. Let’s get the names of all the “anonymous sources” out. Why not start with the “anonymous sources” mentioned in this site?

  15. artisan3m - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    I hope A-Rod continues his appeal and then takes the matter to a courtroom. For certain I am not claiming his innocence but I’d just like for all the facts to become public knowledge. In all likelihood A-Rod is as dirty as assumed but the way Selig and Company handled this matter raises some integrity issues of their own. I wonder what can be expected if the arbitrator rules this a first offense issue which carries a standard fifty-game suspension? The core issue here is use of PEDs. First offense penalty has been a fifty-game sit down. should fibbing about it warrant a 161 game suspension? The math and reasoning is a bit fuzzy.

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