New York Yankees’ 3B Alex Rodriguez could have been facing a lifetime ban from baseball, but now he and his legal team are allegedly negotiating a long-term—but not eternal—suspension.
According to ESPN, “After Alex Rodriguez's lawyer said his client would fight any discipline from Major League Baseball, a source familiar with discussions told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" Wednesday that A-Rod's representatives are now negotiating a possible settlement that could result in a lengthy suspension.
“The source said MLB officials have told Rodriguez's attorneys that they are willing to ban him for life, although sources said it was not clear commissioner Bud Selig was prepared to make such a move, knowing Rodriguez would fight it in arbitration.
“Several sources have told ‘Outside the Lines’ that some MLB officials have pushed for a lifetime ban, saying they would rather force Rodriguez to defend himself than agree to a suspension that allows him play while he appeals.”
Rodriguez has been connected to Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic in Miami that allegedly has provided him, along with several other Major and Minor League Baseball players with banned performance enhancing drugs.=
In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, Rodriguez said, “I'm not giving up. I have tremendous faith, and hopefully there's a couple more chapters to this book, and hopefully there's a happy ending somewhere."
Even so, Major League Baseball could pursue a lifetime ban under an integrity clause, according to CBS.