Alex Rodriguez could face lifetime ban from MLB

7/23/13 in MLB   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

July 15, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA;  New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (13) rounds the bases on his home run during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY SportsFans of the New York Yankees have been eagerly - and what seemed to be hopelessly - anticipating a ruling from the MLB regarding third baseman Alex Rodriguez's association with the Biogenesis clinic. The hope is that the ruling could allow the Yankees to terminate the overpaid slugger's contract. A 65-game ban like what Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun received would have made it very difficult for the Yankees to get off the hook for the $86 million that A-Rod is due from 2014 to 2018, but recent reports suggest that the termination of his contract is a possibility.

A source has told Jim Axelrod of CBS that if Rodriguez does not cooperate with the MLB (which he has not thus far in their investigation), the league could really bring down the hammer and ban A-Rod for life. This news comes just a day after it was reported that the league has significantly more evidence on Rodriguez than they had on Braun. If a lifetime ban were to happen, Rodriguez would not have the luxury of cashing in $86 million in paychecks while he sits at home watching baseball on TV, so the Yankees would save a ton of money that was thought to be going down the drain.

Rodriguez, however, could take the same route as the recently suspended Ryan Braun. Possibly facing a 100-game ban, Braun decided to cooperate with the league and accept a 65-game suspension without following up with an appeal. Rodriguez may be given a similar opportunity to decrease his punishment if he is cooperative.

While cutting a deal with the league is a possibility for A-Rod, a report from USA Today's Bob Nightengale says that Rodriguez plans to appeal any suspension that he receives and he will not be cooperating with the league on this matter. Axelrod's sources tell him that Rodriguez is trying to make a deal with the league, so it is tough to say exactly what is going on in A-Rod's camp.

A decision on Rodriguez's punishment is expected within the next two to three weeks, and surely baseball fans every are eagerly awaiting the verdict.
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7/24/13   |   Scullyson   |   15127 respect

Thats alot of $$$ to lose.

7/23/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Now MLB is talking...