Via the Daily News -
Armed with voluminous evidence they believe would warrant lifetime banishment, Major League Baseball officials hope to know by Monday if Alex Rodriguez will agree to a deal that would effectively end the Yankee third baseman’s career but possibly preserve a big portion of the remaining $100 million on his contract.
If Rodriguez and his representatives reject a deal, the embattled superstar’s suspension could be announced as early as late Monday or Tuesday. A source close to Rodriguez says the player is sticking to his story that he has done nothing wrong and is unwilling to cut a deal.
“If there is a suspension,” the source said, “he will fight it.”
According to a source familiar with the discussions between MLB officials and A-Rod’s representatives, if Rodriguez accepted a settlement that would call for him to be suspended for the rest of this year and the entire 2014 season without pay, he would still have a chance to collect the $60 million the Yankees would owe him from 2015 to 2017.
The deal would allow MLB to impose the suspension immediately and avoid arbitration. If Rodriguez declines the deal, commissioner Bud Selig is expected to pursue what would be an historic suspension that would ban the 38-year-old Rodriguez from ever returning to the field.
The Daily News reported earlier this month that A-Rod and his representatives have had internal discussions about cutting a deal with MLB. Rodriguez’s representatives have also talked to the Players Association about cutting a deal with MLB.
According to sources, however, brokering a deal is complicated by an internal battle among A-Rod’s own legal team, which has been led by attorney David Cornwell, who the sources say has distanced himself from last week’s PR fiasco, first reported on SNY’s Daily News Live and then detailed by The News.
If Rodriguez ultimately approves a deal for a suspension for the rest of this season and all of next, he would likely be forced to retire and would then be placed on baseball’s permanently unable to play list, at which point there would be negotiations among A-Rod, the Yankees and both sides’ insurance companies over a settlement that would pay him the balance of his contract.
Is there any way this ends where A-Rod is not forced out of the game?