Alex Rodriguez could face lifetime ban from MLB
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.