Another day, another piece of news about the injured (or not-so-injured) New York Yankees' third baseman. This past weekend, it became clear that Alex Rodriguez did not want to make a deal with Major League Baseball. In fact, he has all but said he would appeal any suspension (through his team of lawyers and publicists, of course). Now, A-Rod's lawyer has confirmed this.
According to Adam Berry of MLB.com, a suspension could come this week for Rodriguez, but he and his lawyer are not planning on making any deals. A-Rod's lawyer went on WFAN in New York to discuss the issue:
"When the time comes, and we haven't gotten there yet, when the time comes and baseball does whatever it is going to do, then I will sit down with Alex and talk to him about the process of the appeal, filing the appeal and going in and presenting our best evidence that we have -- and we think we have good evidence -- to defend his interest, to protect him. That's what I expect to be doing."
The drama unfolding all around Rodriguez comes as he gets ready to play in a simulated game on Thursday. Will that game take place if he is suspended? We won't know until it happens. There's no telling what the Yankees and Rodriguez will do when the seemingly impending suspension comes down. Major League Baseball does not want a fight. They want to make an example of A-Rod. However, it looks like they are prepared for a long fight if Rodriguez does not negotiate a deal.
Yesterday, Bill Madden and others at the New York Daily News said that MLB will pursue a lifetime ban if Rodriguez does not accept a settlement offer. They are reportedly waiting to hear back from A-Rod's camp, but Rodriguez's lawyer has made their position pretty clear. The offer on the table has been for him to sit out the rest of this year and all of next season in a plea deal.
Remember, Rodriguez is not the only player left in the Biogenesis scandal, though. There are others - both injured and healthy, active players - that could soon be facing the wrath of Major League Baseball.
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