One article I’m reading in my local paper, the story coming from The Sports Xchange, states that A-Rod is mulling a deal on a ban.
The story states that he could face a lifetime ban but that MLB is offering a deal to soften the ban. The “softening”: a suspension for the rest of this year and ALL of 2014. Which, let’s face it, would basically be a lifetime ban.
For if A-Rod did decide to try to return in 2015, it would be after two major hip surgeries, two complete years out of the majors, and at the age of 39 1/2.
Of course, Alex may still try it. He is 99 hits from 3000, 14 HR from passing Willie Mays on the all-time list and 50 RBI from 2000. He may want those numbers.
It is looking more and more like he won’t get them, or various bonuses tied with some of them.
According to the article, MLB wants A-Rod to respond to its offer TODAY.
By accepting the ban, A-Rod would still be able to make $60MM from 2015-2017, the last three years of his deal.
According to the article, if A-Rod rejects the deal, and MLB suspends him for life, he loses out on that $$.
One source states that if there is a suspension, Alex will fight it.
An announcement could be coming today or tomorrow.
Joel Sherman of the NY Post was on ESPN, stating that he thinks Alex would fight it and appeal, which would lead to the possibility of a banned Alex Rodriguez playing for the Yanks while fighting MLB on appeal from a lengthy suspension. Hoo-boy. As if he wasn’t a big enough distraction already.
MLB wants to announce suspensions for him and others this week.