New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is expected to be handed a stiff penalty on Monday, the deadline for Rodriguez and 13 other players to accept suspensions for their ties to the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic.
Major League Baseball is prepared to issue two simultaneous announcements no later than Monday, a person familiar with the process told the Associated Press on Thursday. One would list players who accept suspensions; the other would name those disciplined without deals, but who could challenge penalties before an arbitrator.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.
Most players face 50-game suspensions for their links to the now-closed Florida clinic, which has been accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.
But baseball is threatening to kick Rodriguez out for life unless the three-time AL MVP agrees to a long ban, perhaps around 200 games.
The 38-year-old Rodriguez continues to rehab his strained quadriceps and played in a simulated game Thursday at the team’s Tampa facility. He is expected to play Friday and Saturday night for the Yankee’s Class AA Trenton affiliate.
The Yankees’ slugger played a pair of games for Trenton when the Thunder visited FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading last month. Rodriguez went 2 for 4 in the first game, hitting his first home run since Sept. 14, 2012. He went 0 for 3 in the second game.. . .
It’s considered unlikely the Yankees would bring Rodriguez back up to the majors while they play a series in San Diego this weekend. If he’s not suspended by Monday, the three-time MVP could rejoin the Yankees as they open a series against the Chicago White Sox.
Talks between MLB and Rodriguez’s representatives have stalled the punishment.
Negotiations between Alex Rodriguez and Major League Baseball are apparently stuck on Rodriguez’s desire to make sure he can cash in on at least some of the remaining $100 million owed under his contract, and there’s also a wide gap between the suspension he is willing to accept and the one MLB would like to issue, two sources familiar with the talks told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines.”
Rodriguez, who won three AL most valuable player awards with the Yankees, is fifth on the career home runs list with 647.