New York, NY (Sports Network) - Alex Rodriguez's plea for a lighter punishment
in the Biogenesis case has apparently been unsuccessful, with the New York
Daily News reporting Saturday that Major League Baseball has rejected requests
from the troubled New York Yankees third baseman's representatives to continue
negotiations regarding a possible settlement of his looming suspension.
According to the report, MLB's refusal to continue talks was prompted by
comments Rodriguez made regarding his situation following Friday's rehab game
with the Trenton Thunder, the Yankees' Double-A affiliate.
The Daily News also stated that the Commissioner's Office is set to levy a
214-game suspension on Rodriguez that will run through the entire 2014 season
on Monday, the day the league plans to announce all penalties for those
players involved with Biogenesis of America, a Miami-area based anti-aging
clinic suspected of distributing performance-enhancing substances.
Rodriguez, who launched a two-run homer in Trenton's victory over the Reading
Phillies on Friday while continuing his comeback from offseason hip surgery,
suggested the Yankees were conspiring with the league office to hand down a
ban designed to force him out of the game, thereby enabling the team to get
out of paying the near $100 million still owed to the star slugger on the 10-
year, $275 million deal he signed following the 2007 season.
"I will say this, there's more than one party that benefits from me never
stepping back on the field. That's not my teammates and not the Yankee fans,"
Rodriguez, who admitted to using steroids during a two-year period from
2001-03 while with the Texas Rangers after his name appeared on a list of
those who tested positive during an MLB survey taken in 2003, also claimed to
support baseball's efforts to rid PED's of the sport.
"I think we all agree that we want to get rid of PED's; that's a must," he
said. "All the players, we feel that way. But when all this stuff is going on
in the background, and people are finding creative ways to cancel your
contract, that's concerning for me, concerning for present and I think it
should be concerning for future players, as well."
Rodriguez is slated to play another rehab contest for Trenton on Saturday
night. The Yankees had been planning to activate the three-time AL MVP from
the 60-day disabled list on Monday, when the club begins a series with the
White Sox in Chicago, though Rodriguez would have to appeal any suspension he
receives in order to become available.
The Sports Network