Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, it appears as if the latest events surrounding his inevitable suspension from the MLB has gone awry for the third baseman—and, shockingly, it’ll come in the form of an 150 game suspension. A-Rod and his legal team are currently considering taking a plea deal with the Major League Baseball due to the ongoing Biogenesis investigation, which has not only tarnished his name, but has made him the talk of the headlines for several months. According to NYDN reports, the best possible outcome for A-Rod would be the 150 game ban, bearing in mind that under the Joint Drug Agreement between MLB and the Players Association, a player shall receive a 50-game suspension for the first violation, followed by a 100-game suspension for the second violation and a lifetime ban for the third violation. As he waits for his 20 day rehab assignment to finish on July 22nd, where he is recuperating in Florida after his hip surgery, the beleaguered star was supposedly interviewed by MLB investigators for four and a half hours prior to his rehab game.
And afterwards a spokesperson from A-Rod’s camp told the Daily News:
“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.”
And sadly for A-Rod, there isn’t going to be a bright day anytime soon because…
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.”