Posted August 02, 2013

Biogenesis punishments expected Monday; A-Rod may yet appeal

Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis
Alex Rodriguez, Yankees

Alex Rodriguez could be back with the Yankees next week, or, perhaps, never again. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Major League Baseball expects to announce disciplinary action Monday for players connected to the Biogenesis scandal, including Alex Rodriguez, though baseball officials are unsure whether the New York Yankees third baseman will reach a last-minute settlement or file an appeal.

Baseball intends to announce two sets of discipline: one for players who have accepted discipline and another for any players who have not reached a settlement, according to a source familiar with baseball’s plans. Rodriguez’s disciplinary case, however, remains fluid, with little direct communication between Rodriguez’s camp and MLB. Rodriguez’s lawyers have been working through the players association.

MLB has not finalized a decision on whether to discipline Rodriguez under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which would keep him off the field during an appeal process, or the Joint Drug Agreement, which would allow him to be in the Yankees’ lineup Monday night in Chicago against the White Sox.

MLB established Monday as a self-imposed deadline so as not to have 50-game suspensions carry into the postseason or 2014 season. As many as eight players are expected to receive 50-game bans as first-time violators of the JDA, including Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz and Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Texas is scheduled to play its 113th game of the season Monday night. If a 50-game suspension for Cruz began after Monday, it would carry into postseason play if the team qualifies or the 2014 season if it does not.

Rodriguez is facing a much longer ban — from as many as 150 games to a lifetime ban — because of what baseball considers multiple violations of the JDA and possibly the CBA in regard to his connection to Biogenesis, the Miami “wellness” clinic. Because any ban for Rodriguez is expected to carry past the 2013 season, MLB does not regard the time element as being nearly as important for his case, so it could decide to defer an announcement on Rodriguez past Monday, depending on developments this weekend.

Rodriguez is said to still be weighing his options and is not as close to a resolution of his case as are the eight players looking at a 50-game ban. If Rodriguez does cut a deal with MLB before Monday night, he is expected to begin serving his suspension immediately and not return to uniform for the Yankees this year and possibly next – if at all thereafter. He turns 40 in 2015. If he decides to fight, Rodriguez could be in the Yankees’ lineup Monday, assuming he remains healthy through minor league rehab games Friday and Saturday.

Rodriguez, 38, has not played in the major leagues since last postseason, when he managed only three hits in 25 at-bats (.120).

14 comments
CassieLake
CassieLake

don't care if they suspend him for life. However the teams that have these players getting suspended should be donating their salaries to the Players Union Retirement Fund. They have already benefited by PED induced wins. They should not be allowed to hit the reset button financially as well. Especially teams that are losing multiple players to suspensions. Many guys lost millions on their contracts because they were not pitching like they were 20 again or hitting like a PED monster. Let them get the money back in the retirement fund.

frangooch32
frangooch32

Who cares about ARod any more? Tabloid fodder, and nothing else.

6marK6
6marK6

@frangooch32 I would say the yankees have over 100 million reasons to care.

6marK6
6marK6 like.author.displayName 1 Like

And on Monday, expect "Announcements on biogenesis expected to come down this Friday." MLB looks weak.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Now arod is saying a conspiracy is against him. Funny, sounds like brauns excuse and that didnt work out either.

Mike26
Mike26

@WHO*IS*ESPN Wrong.  He got off the first time and signed his guaranteed $140M.

Mike26
Mike26

Only in the "get tough on PED's" world of MLB are violators allowed to negotiate their own punishments....

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

I have a sinking feeling that A-Rod will find some dodge (a la Braun two years ago) to beat this rap.  Then again, the Yankees will be stuck with that ridiculous contract and their team would be a circus, which would be a form of "rough justice."

Rickapolis
Rickapolis like.author.displayName 1 Like

Please get this over with. Please.

joeymatta
joeymatta like.author.displayName 1 Like

You think this can be dragged out any further? Gee, these people are milking this for everything they can.

TontisAcheater
TontisAcheater like.author.displayName 1 Like

Bud Selig bought the Biogenesis records from Tony Bosch for $500K and met with the Assistant Attorney General in Miami and received assurances that the Feds would not look to indict Tony Bosch based on the evidence Bud Selig provided. Bud Selig signed a contract with Tony Bosch stating that MLB would pay for any expenses associated with criminal charges against Bosch. Problem is Bud Selig was not truthful with the AAG and withheld information regarding the records showing Tony also sold HGH and PEDs to school children. Porter Fischer, former client and marketing employee for Biogenesis was owed $4K in unpaid wages by Bosch and made copies of all the Biogenesis records and turned them over to Miami New Times who broke the story about Biogenesis and the MLB players. Porter has been relentless in getting the DEA and FBI involved in investigating Bosch and MLB as to why no charges have been filed for the sale of PEDs to school children. The Feds officially opened an investigation this week. Bud Selig did not disclose the crimes implicated in the records that MLB purchased to the AGs office or the FBI and is now part of the investigation. Bud Selig has opened himself up to criminal charges for not turning over all information regarding the drug dealing to children and that is part of the hold up to the negotiations. Bud Selig in fact offered Porter Fischer $150K in cash to hide the incriminating documents. 


For more information read this. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-08-01/news/sns-rt-us-florida-clinic-doping-20130801_1_biogenesis-florida-clinic-susy-ribero-ayala

Aaron14
Aaron14

@TontisAcheater That is an interesting story and it may all be true for all I know, however, if Bud Selig is being investigated for not being forthcoming then it would seem to be little more than a diversionary tactic from the FLA AG Office to deflect blame for not doing anything about this when Fischer was supposedly pleading to any authority to get involved months ago.   

CobyPreimesberger
CobyPreimesberger

@TontisAcheater  well A-Fraud isn't any saint and he may have recruited players and also he lied about his asscociation  wiht Anthony Galea, tired to impede the investigation and that presser he had tonight shows that this piece of garbage cares about one person and one person only and when he gets suspended he'll still get 100 million, 61 million from the yankees and another 40 million from the rangers in deferred money, so even if he were to have his yankee contract voided if he were to be suspended for life, he would still get 40 million from the rangers in deferred money from 2016 to 2022