Posted August 02, 2013

A-Rod returning to field as Biogenesis saga takes another twist

Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, New York Yankees
Alex Rodriguez, Yankees

Alex Rodriguez could be back with the Yankees by Monday, if he doesn’t get suspended first. (Chris O’Meara/AP)

On Thursday, Alex Rodriguez took part in a 30-minute simulated game at the Yankees’ spring training facility in Tampa. There were no fans at Steinbrenner Field — only a group of reporters documenting the final agonizing days of A-Rod. Now the circus moves to Trenton: the Yankees announced that Rodriguez will join the Yankees’ Double-A team to play in rehab games Friday and Saturday night. The Trenton Thunder face the Reading Fighin’ Phillies at 7:05 tonight.

Rodriguez could re-join the Yankees in Chicago on Monday — of course, only if Bud Selig doesn’t drop the hammer before then. As of Thursday night, with suspensions for Rodriguez and eight other major league players looming, the Yankee third baseman was reportedly in negotiations with major league baseball on a settlement to avoid a lifetime ban and preserve some of the $100 million owed to him through 2017. MLB is expected to announce the suspensions of at least eight players before Monday, but Rodriguez’s fate could remain up in the air if negotiations continue through the weekend. ESPN reported Thursday that talks between Rodriguez and MLB were far apart on a settlement. Rodriguez and his advisers seem to be willing to fight any suspension through the appeals process — but the pressure on Rodriguez to take a deal may be mounting.

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According to the New York Daily News, federal prosecutors have launched an investigation into Biogenesis, raising the possibility of criminal drug distribution charges, as well as the possibility the feds could subpoena Rodriguez, which would mean any statements he makes in arbitration would be available to prosecutors.

And so the wait — and the drama — continues.

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23 comments
6marK6
6marK6

Every other player connected to this scandal has accepted their suspensions, acknowledging guilt and responsibility. The only player that has not, is Rodriguez. So, the question has to be asked, is Rodriguez implying that he is the only innocent one of all of these players or is he protesting the length of the punishment? Or is he just the only one without an ounce of shame?

CKIPP1
CKIPP1

a ploy to get the much hated Yankees salary cap DOWN get A Rod banned (thanks Bud) and off the books before the trade deadline...


why now ?????  Yanks trailing ........  investigate that .....

Washheightsboy
Washheightsboy

What a circus.  Everyone in that game knows Arod is a dead man walking.  Arod is just posturing for a better settlement.

CassieLake
CassieLake

Honestly the whole thing is BS. Unless the teams these guys are on are forced to donate the salaries they will not be paying to the players retirement fund its BS. This was about Bud Selig saving face and getting Ryan Braun and helping the Yanks hit the reset button,. Everyone else is collateral damage and you will not hear ONE negative word about how they harmed the game from Selig. He wanted Braun and Yanks wanted out of A-Rod's contract. The fact they are backing off suspending Colon is all the proof you need.

canadianox
canadianox

Why is MLB leaking all this stuff before it happens? Either suspend them or don't, but don't float crap in the media for weeks...takes away from what matters, the games.

Taking MLB longer to move on the PED than it did for the police to arrest Hernandez (which the whole world saw coming.....just weren't sure it would be for murder!?).  

Both incidents cause unnecessary speculation until the event occurs (ed).

IMO, ARoid should stfu and take whatever is given.

Jo4
Jo4

He shouldn't get another penny.

27ringswhew
27ringswhew

He's got more money than most, simply retire

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

Unfortunately I'm a Brewers fan (although Baseball has never been my thing), and thus a Ryan Braun....whatever you want to call it sudo fan. That being said, I have to admit Braun got it right. He just took his leave of absence and a TON of ridicule, and moved under a rock until spring training. This "A-Roid" character just doesn't get it! The PEDS juice fried his brain and he still wants to play ball, even though HE'S NOT PLAYING BALL with the commissioner. I just get the feeling A-Roid may be going down for the count (life time ban), but should they also fine him for HALF ($$$) his contract too for violating the league rules? This is one of the reasons why I hate unions and their cry baby contracts. No matter how lousy a person you are at work and at home, you can't get fired from your job. 

26terry
26terry

ARod will not play a game in a Yankee uniform again..trust me..nor does he deserve to.

Boodah
Boodah

Who cares what athletes put in their bodies?

espnrefugee0218
espnrefugee0218

On one hand I want him banned for life...but on the other I want the Yankees to be stuck with him...either way kind of a win win 

Bhopx
Bhopx

Whatever MLB is planning to do, can they just do it already? We've been hearing that a suspension is imminent for two weeks now. How long does it take to negotiate? 

MLB: 'Alex, our offer is you're suspended for this season and all of 2014, otherwise we will ban you for life.' 

A-Rod: 'I don't accept that'. 

MLB Press Release: 'MLB has banned Alex Rodriguez from baseball under the best interest of the game clause.'


Period, the end. Seems pretty simple to me.

M20
M20

@Wisconsin Death Trip Braun only "got it right" after lying endlessly, and then having his lies exposed completely. He's hardly a role model.

Also, drawing any conclusions about unions in general from the MLBPA is pretty silly.

Bhopx
Bhopx

@Wisconsin Death Trip

It's a completely different situation though. The money under Braun's contract escalates as the years go on (he only loses like $3 million for the remaining 65 games this year). It just makes good sense to take his 65 games now rather than fight it, especially with his team already out of it this season. A-Rod on the other hand, would be losing like $40 million and looking at trying to make a comeback at 40 years-old after not playing for two full seasons. His career would be pretty much over.

27ringswhew
27ringswhew

Biggest Yankee fan here, and yes Sir, you are correct!

KristianColasacco
KristianColasacco

@Boodah The other athletes whom they are competing against who did not put this stuff into their bodies.

M20
M20

@Boodah The law. This stuff is illegal.

JakeFromStateFarm17
JakeFromStateFarm17

@Boodah Define "athletes"?? Because there are High School and College  "Athletes" that are minors.........So I guess by your logic that's okay also 

M20
M20

@espnrefugee0218 It'll probably be a lose-lose. I doubt either of those things will happen.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@Bhopx 

I agree, but these are high-powered people, with lots of skeletons in closets and hineys to be covered.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@Bhopx I agree 100%. Can't they just do whatever they are going to do? It's become a national joke.