A-Rod Won't Play Until 2015: Sources
Suspension to be announced tomorrow, after negotiations broke down, insiders say
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2013 4:47 PM CDT
New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez points towards a fan before the start of a Class AA baseball game with the Trenton Thunder against the Reading Phillies.   (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

(Newser) – Alex Rodriguez will likely receive his punishment tomorrow: a suspension through the 2014 season, sources tell USA Today and ESPN. MLB and A-Rod's lawyers were said to he hammering out a settlement, but sources tell ESPN that talks broke down yesterday when commissioner Bud Selig refused to negotiate with the Yankees, and A-Rod pissed him off by telling the media he wouldn't negotiate at all. MLB reportedly offered him a deal to take lifetime bans off the table if he would agree to potentially being suspended for more than 50 games. A-Rod's camp "unequivocally" turned the offer down, says ESPN. Now he's apparently looking at a 215-game ban—the longest ever since Pete Rose's 1988 lifetime ban, according to USA Today.

A-Rod is expected to appeal the reported suspension, and MLB is also expected to refuse to let him play while he appeals. "If this goes to arbitration, it could get very, very ugly," a source tells ESPN. USA Today reports that A-Rod plans to immediately file an appeal to let him at least play against the White Sox tomorrow. He is expected to fly to Chicago tonight, and the Yankees' manager says he has penciled the star in on the lineup. About 12 other players are also expected to be suspended tomorrow.

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Aug 5, 2013 9:25 AM CDT
He should be banned for life.
Aug 5, 2013 7:44 AM CDT
Has A-Rod ever failed a drug test? I don't think so. But they're going to ban him anyway --- and at the same time, attempt to revoke his right to appeal. Could this possibly have anything to do with relieving the Yankees of his outrageous $31 million salary? In baseball; as in all other facets of life, money talks and MLB is undoubtedly influenced by it. Whatever is in the best interests of the "major market" teams is what usually comes to pass. The entire sport is structured around the Yankees having the best shot at winning the trophy and to the casual observer, this looks like it could very well be a part of that.
Aug 5, 2013 12:07 AM CDT
I read that three times, and I still don't give a shit. Fvck that guy.