Alex Rodriguez will appeal suspension

A-Rod won't accept deal from MLB, will appeal suspension

7/29/13 in MLB   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

When Major League Baseball offered Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun a 65-game suspension for his involvement with the Biogenesis Clinic, Braun decided to cut his losses and take the proposed deal. MLB could have pursued a 100-game ban for Braun, but they decided to offer him 65 games if he agreed not to appeal the suspension.

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, however, does not appear poised to settle for what MLB is offering.

Oct 18, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez before game four of the 2012 ALCS against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.   Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY SportsAccording 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.
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