Via Jon Heyman: Alex Rodriguez’s camp is considering accepting a plea agreement from MLB that would keep him off the field until 2015, but they may are still seeking a more favorable deal. The league considers even a 150-game suspension to be light given their evidence. Ronald Blum hears A-Rod and the other players may be given until Monday to accept their deals, just in case you were worried this wouldn’t drag out any longer.
Meanwhile, Julie Brown reports the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami is now digging into Biogenesis. That could be a problem for MLB because Anthony Bosch would be unlikely to testify in front of an arbitrator (during an appeal) if he’s being investigated by the feds simply because he wouldn’t want to incriminate himself. The league promised they would put in a good word for Bosch as part of their agreement, but who knows how that far will go. Given all this talk about possibly banning A-Rod for life, I get the sense that any suspension that doesn’t keep him off the field until 2015 would be considered a loss for MLB. They backed themselves into a corner a bit.
I think we’re all sick of this Biogenesis stuff by now, but if you’re going to read one article on the subject, I recommend this one by William Rhoden.