A-Rod Faces Suspension, as MLB Set to Act Monday
NEW YORK (WGGB) — Alex Rodriguez will likely be suspended until the 2015 season on Monday, as he and 12 other players receive their suspensions, according to ABC News and ESPN.
It could be the long-awaited result of an investigation that connected 20 MLB players to performance-enhancing drug use, through a now-closed clinic in Florida, BioGenesis. Brewers all-star Ryan Braun has already received, and begun serving, his suspension.
This comes after deliberations between Rodriguez and MLB officials broke down Saturday. Commissioner Bud Selig said that he would no longer negotiate. The talks began when the league decided to seek a suspension against A-Rod through the collective bargaining agreement, rather than on P.E.D. use alone.
In the negotiations, MLB officials wanted a longer suspension and for there to be no arbitration from Rodriguez, who was looking to shorten the suspension and retain as much of his contract money as possible.
Rodriguez, however, is not accepting these reports. After Saturday night’s rehab game with the Double-A Trenton Thunder, Rodriguez said he knew nothing of them. “I have been in the field for the last five and a half hours,” Rodriguez told the media, “I haven’t heard anything or seen anything. My focus has been to play baseball.”
Earlier on Saturday, Rodriguez had set his focus to returning to play on Monday with the New York Yankees. He has not played since his off-season hip surgery.
He added that he would be flying to Chicago, but the team did not disclose the location of Rodriguez’s Sunday workout.
With no offer on the table, Rodriguez is likely to appeal any suspension he receives, but the MLB would likely not allow him to play during his appeals process.
According to the reports, most of the remaining 12 players have agreed to accept 50-game suspensions without appeal.
Come Monday, there will be less than 50 games remaining in the 2013 season, meaning those 12 players will have to serve a few games of their suspension at the start of the 2014 season.