A-Rod won't accept deal from MLB, will appeal suspension
Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, however, does not appear poised to settle for what MLB is offering.
According to multiple reports, MLB has offered A-Rod a suspension through the 2014 season if he agrees not to appeal. They were hoping to know by Monday whether Rodriguez would accept or decline the proposed deal, and it seems that they now have their answer. David Cornwell - Rodriguez's lawyer - said Monday that he is preparing to appeal the suspension that his client receives.
Considering the fact that Rodriguez declined MLB's proposed deal, the league very well may attempt to ban A-Rod for life. Having been linked to steroids frequently throughout his career, Rodriguez has a real chance to get booted from the league for good if MLB can successfully cite three violations of their drug policy (the punishment for a third offense is a lifetime ban).
Rodriguez's decision to appeal is a bold one, as he still would have earned (ahem, stolen) $61 million by the end of his contract with the Yankees even if he accepted the suspension through 2014. He'll now face the possibility of lifetime banishment, which would cause him to lose the $86 million he was set to make from 2014-17, plus the remainder of 2013's $28 million salary.
This situation will get much messier before it reaches a conclusion, and it will further taint the odd legacy of Alex Rodriguez.