The report, written by Spink recipient Bill Madden, Sports I-team writer Teri Thompson, and Michael O’Keeffe, says that Major League Baseball has enough evidence on A-Rod to the point that they want him out of baseball.
Rodriguez’s lawyers are working on a plea deal that could see the veteran take a 150 game suspension. While a suspension of 150 games would likely end his career in the game, there were enough violations to warrant a lifetime ban from baseball.
“I can see a scenario where if they’ve got multiple offenses (against A-Rod) that rather than going for his career with an arbitrator, baseball might settle on something like 150 games,” said one of the sources.
If they have to bargain down to 150 games, one has to wonder just what MLB was looking at to begin with. Is it possible that they are looking at expulsion given the multiple drug violations involved.
The facts are simple. He took performance-enhancing drugs and lied about it. He took them once more and lied. It gets complicated when you factor his age and how many playable years he has left. He turns 38 in August. He’s not the ballplayer he once used to be.
Here’s the part I don’t like about all of this: The New York Yankees could still be held responsible for paying the money owed to him under his contract.
If Rodriguez is suspended while on the disabled list, he will not be paid for the duration of the suspension. However, if after that he is deemed physically unable to perform by doctors, the remainder of his contract would have to be paid by the Yankees.
Rodriguez has nearly $100 million left on his contract. It would certainly not be great for the Yankees if they have to pay him following a suspension. The best thing for all of baseball would be to just ban him for life.
Ryan Braun might be also looking at a lengthy suspension but it is a question of how many games. While listening to The Freddie Coleman Show on ESPN Radio on Sunday afternoon, it was suggested that many clubhouses were outraged that the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder had won his appeal over a loophole.