NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Alex Rodriguez and his legal team are considering a possible plea deal with Major League Baseball over the ongoing Biogenesis investigation, according to a published report.
The best possible outcome for Rodriguez would be a 150-game suspension, according to a New York Daily News report. Currently under the Joint Drug Agreement between Major League Baseball and the Players Association, a player receives a 50-game suspension for the first violation, 100-game suspension for the second violation and a lifetime ban for the third violation.
However, a spokesperson for Rodriguez told the newspaper, “nobody from Alex’s team has made any such comments, and as we have said before, we are respecting the process and following the procedures as outlined in the joint agreement.”
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A-Rod is currently in Florida rehabbing from hip surgery, his rehab assignment is for 20-days and ends on July 22.
Prior to his rehab game on Friday, Rodriguez met with MLB investigators for approximately four-and-a-half hours. Following his meeting with investigators, Rodriguez met with representatives from the Players Association to discuss what he talked about in that four-and-a-half hour meeting, according to the Daily News.
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Rodriguez has four years and nearly $100 million remaining on his contract after this season. If he is suspended for the 150-games, he would not be paid during that time period but if after that he is deemed physically unable to perform by team doctors, the remaining amount left on his contract at that time would have to be paid by the Yankees.
Biogenesis has been under investigation by MLB and the founder of the anti-aging company, Anthony Bosch has agreed to cooperate with the investigation after being threatened with a lawsuit.
According to the Daily News source, “the bottom line is (MLB) wants these guys out of the game, in (A-Rod’s) case, 150 games would sufficiently accomplish that.”
Michael Weiner, the head of the baseball players’ union is criticizing leaks to the media about whether players are cooperating with a drug investigation by the commissioner’s office.
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