NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Judgment day is getting closer and closer.
Major League Baseball has told the union which players it intends to suspend in its drug investigation and which ones will receive lengthier penalties for their roles in the Biogenesis case.
Three-time MVP Alex Rodriguez is on the list, according to CBS News.
The sides are trying to reach as many agreements as possible that would avoid grievance hearings, and talks could push back an announcement until Friday, two people familiar with the talks told The Associated Press.
The meeting between MLB and the union on Tuesday, first reported by the New York Daily News, signaled the final stretch of talks.
MLB hopes to announce the penalties for all players involved at the same time, both people said, speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcements were authorized. Under baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement, suspensions for violations not caused by a positive test are effective on the third business day after the discipline is issued — another sign pointing to a Friday announcement.
Rodriguez, the Yankees’ third baseman, stands to receive the longest suspension. While 50 games is the standard for a first offense, the stiffer penalties for some players are tied to other alleged violations, including not being truthful to MLB investigators.