• A-Rod’s Meeting With MLB Is On For March 1st

    Posted by on February 28th, 2009 · Comments (8)

    Via the Times -

    Alex Rodriguez is scheduled to meet with officials from Major League Baseball on Sunday. The officials want to know who provided him with performance-enhancing drugs and whether that person had access to major league clubhouses.

    Three people who know about the details of the meeting confirmed that it was still scheduled to take place, despite comments Saturday by Yankees Manager Joe Girardi that Rodriguez wanted to have the meeting postponed. Rodriguez said he expected to play in Sunday’s exhibition game in Sarasota. “I’m on the 9 o’clock bus,” he said.

    Rodriguez will be interviewed by Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball’s top drug-testing official, and members of baseball’s department of investigations. An official for the players union and at least one of Rodriguez’s lawyers will attend the meeting.

    Along with questioning him about where he received the banned substances, the officials want to know about his relationship with the trainer Ángel Presinal, who has been accused of distributing steroids to major league players.

    Although Presinal has been barred from major league clubhouses, many players continue to train with him, including Rodriguez, who worked with him as recently as 2007.

    There’s a part of me that thinks this whole thing is about Ángel Presinal – and baseball wants to crack this guy. And, for now, A-Rod is a way to try and get more on Presinal.

    Betcha Rodriguez says nada about Ángel Presinal. Why should he – unless baseball cuts Alex a deal or something?

    But, if A-Rod says nothing on Presinal; and, then, somehow baseball and/or the feds get their hands on Presinal…well, Rodriguez better hope that Ángel is more like Greg Anderson and less like Joe Valachi…because, if Presinal has some post-2003 dirt on Alex, then it’s a whole new ballgame on the A-Rod PED scandal.

    And, if it’s proven that Alex was using something in 2007, it would not shock me to see the Yankees try and use that to void out his contract (or, at the least, try and get his salary reduced) – especially if baseball then tries to suspend Rodriguez for using post-2003.

    Comments on A-Rod’s Meeting With MLB Is On For March 1st

    1. redbug
      March 1st, 2009 | 10:07 am

      And, if it’s proven that Alex was using something in 2007, it would not shock me to see the Yankees try and use that to void out his contract (or, at the least, try and get his salary reduced) – especially if baseball then tries to suspend Rodriguez for using post-2003.
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      Do the Yanks have an anti-steroids clause in his contract?

    2. March 1st, 2009 | 10:13 am

      I’m pretty sure that they do not have such a clause. But, they could, and I stress could, try to make a case saying that they offered him his salary level based on his production of 2007 – which was not his true production, IF it’s proven he was using PEDs then – and that they now want to adjust that salary based on what would be his natural level of production.

      You don’t pay a 35 HR/120 RBI guy the same salary as a 50 HR/140 RBI guy…

    3. redbug
      March 1st, 2009 | 10:24 am

      I wish (but doubt) the Yanks win such an argument. I also wish they could get out of all those ridiculous $5 million incentives should he reach those HR totals. He was supposed to be the pure one. The one to beat Bonds without the help of steroids. That’s a sham now.

    4. Raf
      March 1st, 2009 | 10:39 am

      But, they could, and I stress could, try to make a case saying that they offered him his salary level based on his production of 2007 – which was not his true production, IF it’s proven he was using PEDs then – and that they now want to adjust that salary based on what would be his natural level of production.
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      I suspect if they were able to do something, they would’ve done it with Giambi

    5. March 1st, 2009 | 10:50 am

      Raf – That’s why Giambi won’t say what he was sorry for – and just that he was sorry. Because, had he admitted to the public that he used PEDs, maybe the Yankees would have had a case to void his deal.

      Remember, we only know about Giambi because of the leaked testimony – not because he confessed in public, etc.

    6. Raf
      March 1st, 2009 | 12:50 pm

      Remember, we only know about Giambi because of the leaked testimony
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      Which is sorta the way we know about Rodriguez; someone leaked his name.

      Besides, it’s not hard to put 2+2 together WRT Giambi. Everyone in the clubhouse had to know something. Steroids doesn’t become as pervasive as it has been without people looking the other way. ESPECIALLY, if they’ve been around for the past 40 years.

      Having said that, Giambi & Pettitte, among others were able to find employment, so if the Yanks were to cut Rodriguez loose I’m sure he’d find work elsewhere.

    7. Raf
      March 1st, 2009 | 1:06 pm

      You don’t pay a 35 HR/120 RBI guy the same salary as a 50 HR/140 RBI guy…
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      Depends. MLB salary structure’s all out of whack.

    8. Evan3457
      March 1st, 2009 | 1:10 pm

      Uh, yeah, the union won’t allow it. The Yankees would have to go through the court system, which would mean years of fighting in court with a player who is a) unmovable under his current contract, and b) something of a head case, and c) essential to their success.

      Doubt the matter is EVER brought up by the Yanks.

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