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AP Source: MLB Threatening A-Rod with Lifetime Ban

Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz and Melky Cabrera are among the players whose names have been tied to the clinic. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

By RONALD BLUM
AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is threatening to kick Alex Rodriguez out of the game for life unless the New York Yankees star agrees not to fight a lengthy suspension for his role in baseball’s latest drug scandal, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized as the investigation pushes to a conclusion.

Whether Commissioner Bud Selig would actually issue a lifetime ban was unclear, and baseball officials know a permanent ban could be shortened by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, the person said.

Based on past cases, people involved believe Horowitz might cut a lifetime ban to about 200 games.