A-Rod, MLB Working on Suspension Deal: Sources
He may now agree to settlement for lengthy suspension
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2013 7:48 AM CDT
New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez sits in the dugout during practice.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

(Newser) – Word from inside Major League Baseball is that Alex Rodriguez is facing a possible lifetime ban for his links to the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal, and the MLB has now begun negotiating a settlement with his legal team for a long suspension instead, ESPN and the New York Post report. The lifetime ban wouldn't necessarily stick, and sources say the MLB is trying to avoid the hassle of an inevitable appeal by A-Rod, whose lawyers have previously said they will fight any discipline. The suspension deal being considered could be close to a full season.

If a settlement isn't reached, the MLB is looking at a tricky bit of legal maneuvering to keep A-Rod from playing while he awaits an appeal, the AP reports. If he is disciplined under the Joint Drug Agreement, his penalty is put on hold until after an arbitrator's ruling. But a source says the MLB may instead attempt to punish him under the labor contract, which would prevent him from playing. That threat might be enough to force his team to agree to a settlement, the details of which could be announced as soon as today.

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Aug 1, 2013 9:27 AM CDT
Another reason why if you're going to use illegal substances, make sure you're a professional athlete. The average citizen hasn't got a chance, but these guys can work a "deal". Amazing.
Aug 1, 2013 9:09 AM CDT
All A-Rod is worried about is getting his greedy hands on the money still owed to him from his contract. And the hell with his image.
Aug 1, 2013 8:56 AM CDT
Punishment in MLB - You don't have to stand in the field for two hours watching the pitcher and catcher play catch.