Sources have told “Outside The Lines” that Alex Rodriguez will be suspended on Monday, likely through the end of the 2014 season. Talks with MLB Commissioner Bud Selig fell through when he refused to negotiate with Rodriguez’s side any longer. Rodriguez reportedly infuriated Selig by telling the media he had no interest in a settlement with Major League Baseball while his attorneys were trying to put a deal in place.
Along with Alex Rodriguez, at least 8 to 12 other players will be suspended by the league on Monday for their involvement with performance enhancing drugs. Those players have all reportedly negotiated with Major League Baseball and will receive 50-game suspensions. Rodriguez had a deal offered to him from the MLB that would drop any lifetime bans handed down, as long as he was willing to let an arbitrator suspend him for longer than 50 games.
The Rodriguez side “unequivocally” turned down the offer from the MLB citing clause 7G of the Joint Drug agreement that states PED users can “only” be hit with 50-game suspensions. Rodriguez had never failed a drug test and wants to fight the suspension out with the MLB in arbitration. If this situation gets that far, this could escalate into a very ugly situation on both sides.
As it stands, if Rodriguez can’t play while he appeals the suspension, and doesn’t get reinstated before the 2014 season, he will lose $34.2 million in salary. Rodriguez has believed the Yankees were conspiring to keep him out of the majors so they could void that massive contract worth a total of $100 million. At this point, there may not be enough people to care for Rodriguez to win this battle.
In plain text, Rodriguez is the highest paid baseball player ever. He cheated, he got caught, and every argument after that is overplayed. Every antic, sly post-game remark, or shots at the commissioner will not gain you anything in return. Rodriguez’s attempts at trying to play the sympathy card and trying to make himself out to be the victim is sickening. If you’re a fan of baseball, and appreciate it’s integrity, you can only hope he is banned for eternity. Not a tear will be shed from this eye if Alex Rodriguez never puts on the Yankee pinstripes, or any baseball uniform ever again.