Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/3/13
Alex Rodriguez just talked himself out of a possible settlement with Major League Baseball and faces a 214-game suspension to be handed down on Monday the Daily News has learned. Following Rodriguez’s explosive comments after Friday night’s minor league rehab game in Trenton in which Rodriguez basically said Major League Baseball and the Yankees were conspiring to keep him off the field in order to void his contract MLB officials have rejected Rodriguez’s request to negotiate a suspension settlement a baseball source familiar with the situation said. According to the source Players Association chief Michael Weiner reached out to MLB on behalf of Rodriguez Saturday morning in an attempt to talk settlement but was told that baseball is no longer interested in negotiating with the disgraced third baseman. “They asked for a meeting this morning and were told ‘no’” said the source. “Baseball is more than comfortable with what they have.” Another source told the Daily News that despite accusing the Yankees Friday of trying to get out from under his contract Rodriguez also reached out to the club Saturday in an attempt to discuss negotiating a settlement on the remaining $100 million the Yankees owe A-Rod. The Yankees also declined to talk with Rodriguez about his contract according to the source telling him this is a drug issue under the purview of MLB. MLB investigators have gathered what they believe is voluminous evidence proving that Rodriguez violated the game’s collectively bargained drug agreement in 2010 2011 and 2012 by obtaining performance enhancing drugs from Anthony Bosch and his Biogenesis anti-aging clinic and that he also violated the "just cause" provision (rule 7 G.2) of the collective bargaining agreement by obstructing commissioner Bud Selig’s investigation and for lying to MLB officials about performance-enhancing drug use. Rodriguez will be suspended under both provisions according to the source.
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