Aug
04

Update: MLB tells Yankees that A-Rod will be suspended on Monday

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7:00pm: Joel Sherman reports the Yankees have been informed by the league that A-Rod will be suspended tomorrow, but Bud Selig will not invoke the “integrity of the game” power and ban him from playing during the appeals process. Barring a new injury, he’s going to be in the lineup tomorrow night against the White Sox.

10:00am: Via T.J. Quinn & Andrew Marchand: MLB will indeed suspend Alex Rodriguez on Monday for his ties to Biogenesis, and it’s likely to be a 212-game ban that keeps him out through 2014. The commissioner’s office is expected to prevent Alex from playing during the appeals process by invoking its power to protect the integrity of the game. A grievance will follow and “it could get very, very ugly,” according to the ESPN scribes.

A-Rod played in his second and final minor league rehab game with Double-A Trenton yesterday, and afterwards he said he was flying to Chicago to meet the Yankees for their series opener against the White Sox on Monday. Obviously he won’t actually rejoin the team if the report is correct. Rodriguez will lose roughly $34.2M in salary as  a result of the suspension, but more importantly, his career will be over. Players in their late 30s don’t miss two full seasons and come back strong.

Eleven other players are expected to be suspended Monday as well, including Frankie Cervelli. He’ll likely receive a regular ol’ 50-game first-time ban, which he could serve this year and return to the team on Opening Day next year. Suspended players don’t count against the luxury tax, which would be huge for the Yankees given their plan to get under the $189M luxury tax threshold next year. Obviously A-Rod is more significant in that regard than Cervelli.

Categories : Asides, STEROIDS!
  • MUIDATS EEKNAY

    Unless he retires, would his career really be over? Would the Yanks really pay him $25M a year to play in the minors in 2015 and 2016?

    • Bavarian Yankee

      they have to put him on the 25 man roster, they can’t just put him in the minors.

    • hogsmog

      I do (though, would he end up playing in the minors, or just taking a buyout?).

      Look at Bonds’ last season- nobody signed him after that, but it certainly wasn’t because he was washed up. This has the potential to be an even bigger PR nightmare, and I can absolutely see the Yankees trying to avoid it.

      And I hope (but these days aren’t sure) Cashman & Co can find a third baseman over two offseasons who can play better than 39 year old Arod coming off a two year break, major surgery, and (presumable) no help from PEDs.

      • Laz

        But you don’t think they made out pretty good with his home run chase? They didn’t need him back because he already achieved it.

      • JP

        During Bonds’ final year, there were teams that wanted his bat, but not the media circus that came along with him and the Federal investigation that went on at the same time.

        Unless there’s a Federal investigation against A-Rod, no one will really care about what happens to him after the suspension.

    • Gonzo

      I just assumed if he’s really out until the 2015 season that that Yankees would just buy him out.

      • FIPster Doofus

        Yeah, he’s done. They’re not going to bring him back at 40, off a two-year layoff from baseball. That’s not to mention the overwhelming, distracting media circus that would accompany his return. A-Rod will never play another MLB game again.

    • yooboo

      Yes, Yankees would because he will return to 40 man roster right away. That is a major (actually secondary) concern for Yankees.

    • Tisha

      he gets suspended , then he could agree to retire. Then work out a deal with the Yankees to defer the rest of the contract 2015-2017 , over a 10-15 year period .He already has this kind of deal with the Rangers. They owe him 40 million AND will pay him from 2016-2025.
      The deal of course with the Yanks depends on how long he is suspended and whether the Yanks can find a legal loop hole to escape the contract from 2015-2017.
      If they are able to drag this contract out over a longer period, it won’t hurt as much , if they are paying him 2-4 million over 15-20 years , instead of 25 million.

      • Laz

        Yea but then you got that salary sitting on the luxury cap longer. Also the fact that $5M today is better than $5M tomorrow, he is going to want the same present value, which equals higher future value.

    • trr

      his bluff called, he’ll try to cut the best deal he can to preserve as much of his money as possible

      More importantly to me, the organization has one less distraction, one less obstacle to putting a better team on the field next year

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        Yep.

        Daily new reported Arod’s camp offered 80-100 game suspension after which he’d retire but still get the rest of his money.

        The talk about Arod’s love for the game and just wanting to get back on the field is all PR bullshit. This is 100% about him holding onto as much of his money as possible.

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          Call me an idealist, but I really do think that he wants to play.

        • JP

          Honestly, I didn’t believe that story.

    • OldYanksFan

      Is ARod this stupid?…..Or did his handlers fuck him over?
      I’ll bet if he was cooperative, he could have negotiated for a 162 suspension, starting in 2014.

    • james

      how did a-rod get to come back

  • nycsportzfan

    So 34.2Million extra in spending money when we all ready have been working toward 189, which should mean we got a chance to build up alittle something now, right?

    • OldYanksFan

      ‘Only’ $27.5m is applied (subtracted) from the 2014, $189m cap.

  • Will

    How would he retire? He could still caome back and play the contract out.

  • Hall and Nokes

    Wow it’s gonna suck missing out on those 10 PAs before he reinjured himself

    • Jacob the OG

      This. The way things are going both would come back and get hurt somehow.

      • trr

        you’re probably right

  • hyshai

    but more importantly, his career will be over. Players in their late 30s don’t miss two full seasons and come back.

    Won’t he still be under contract? The Yankees will still play, albeit probably on the bench.

  • RetroRob

    What Mike is really saying is his career would be over as a productive player. He will still have three years and $61M left, and those marketing bonuses. He will show up and then the Yankees will have to cut him and pay the full remaining value. If some other team then picks him up and he hits few HRs to make it to 660, the Yankees will still owe him the first of the $6M marketing bonuses.

    Now in reality, I don’t think any team will pick him up. The Commissioner’s office will most likely make sure he is blackballed the same way Bonds way.

    This is good news for the Yankees getting under the luxury tax in 2014. It’s bad news for the Yankees 2015-2017. A-Rod might have still provided some productive value those years if not for the ban. Now there’s almost no chance that happens.

    • lightSABR

      And bad news for the Yankees this year. It means we’re stuck with the worst (or nearly the worst) third basemen in baseball.

      I’ve been saying all along that this was the most likely outcome, and that it’s the worst-case scenario for the Yankees. A ban would be much better. A suspension that didn’t effectively start until next year because of the appeals process would be much better. This saves us money in the short run, but it guarantees we’ll get no value for the last $60 million of his contract.

      I hate this season–if it can go wrong, it will.

      • I’m not the droids you’re looking for…

        Worst case indeed. Of his 4.5 remaining years on contract, we miss the best 1.5 years but are on the hook for the worst 3, whether he’s physically on the field those 3 years or not.

    • fat jeter

      Productive value? He makes more money than anyone and is declining at a rapid rate, is often injured, and is one more hip surgery away from being completely done. Im sure there’s a number 3rd basemen who can essentially provide what alex would have over the next few years at a much greater discount. Its incredibly rough this year as we virtually have nothing going on at 3rd, but that’s more of a front office issue for targeting ol’ brittle bones youkilis to fill the void. The hope is the front office can find someone better than the dreck we keep shuffling out there. I said it before, no reason Musty isn’t out there just to see what he’s got.

      • Tisha

        fat jeter . Absolutely hate , hate your posting name. Jeter is hardly fat.

        • fat jeter

          its a joke, tisha. remember when the first pics surfaced over the winter that targeted him as being fat and out of shape after he was essentially non-mobile after the ankle surgery? apparently irony is lost on some.

          • Cool Lester Smooth

            Irony is the wrong word.

            • Alannis Morisette

              No it’s not!

              It’s like raaaayyaayyyiinnn…..

      • RetroRob

        I’m not talking about dollars. I’m talking about production. It will certainly be even worse than it would have been if not banished for two years. The dollars will still be owed those last three years. So this makes something bad even worse.

  • Beantown Bombers Fan

    Most have advocated for Robbie coming back, but who else could that money be used for to realistically improve the team in 2014?

    • RetroRob

      The money is going into the pockets of the Steinbrenners for the most part. Remember, they were trying to get under $189, which was going to be darn near impossible. Perhaps the team was even reconsidering that self-imposed cap. Now it becomes much more realistic. In other words, it’s not as if the Yankees have another $25M to spend. They just found another $25M to get them under their cap.

      • OldYanksFan

        You are wrong. The Steinettes will save that money, so they will reinvest it the team. With $27.5m subtracted from the cap, it’s like we have $216m to spend. Even after resigning Robbie, they will be able to get to above average players for ARod money.

        • RetroRob

          It’s hard to be wrong when we are all just speculating on something that hasn’t happened.

          Keep in mind it’s not $189M the Yankees need to get their payroll down to if they want to get below the luxury tax line, it’s actually about $172M, give or take, since benefits need to be added and they have to leave some room to add payroll during the season. It might be more like $169M. Losing A-Rod’s $27.5M AAV will help quite a bit, but all it does is make it easier to get under the luxury tax line, it doesn’t mean they are going to spend all that money in the open market. It will impact the type of decisions they make, but I don’t see it be reinvested fully.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Some other possibilities:
      Resign Cano and/orKuroda
      Garza
      McCann
      Several available OF’s (Choo, Granderson, Beltran, Ellsbury. etc)

      Unfortunately, there’s not much good available for left side of the IF.

  • Grover

    Jeter should capitalize on a timely PR move and announce he will be moving to third base for the good of the team after the suspension is announced.

    • hogsmog

      I don’t know, it’s way easier to find a good third baseman than shortstop, even accounting for Jeter’s crappy defense. Plus, we don’t even know if he’d be all that much better a defender at 3rd (or less injury-prone playing there) because he’d have to learn a new position on the fly.

      • LarryM Fl

        Jeter to third would be a great move. Lateral movement of a third baseman is usually less than 3 steps left or right. He catches everything right at him. He has great hands, decent arm strength. He will not provide the power as a third baseman but will give timely hitting and on base %. I like it. In fact let him start ASAP and move Scissor hands to shortstop.

        Now go out with the extra money and find or trade for a quality shortstop. Our number 1 pick this year should be ready for third in a year or two. Jeter will probably have had enough of the game.

    • Pseudoyanks

      I guess he’s saying the team is stronger with Jeter at 3B (if he can play it) and Nuney at SS. The PR and “here I come to save the day” element of that for Jeter in the wake of Alex’ shame would be priceless.

  • Jim B. Johnson

    So, considering he’s going to appeal, why is MLB going for the 1+ year suspension instead of the lifetime ban? Were they bluffing about their willingness to pursue the lifetime ban?

    Also, say he is suspended for 2013-2014. What then? He’s still got three years and $61M left on his contract. Does he negotiate with the Yankees for a buyout? Do the Yankees straight up cut him? Does he attempt to come back and the Yankees force him to the minors due to diminished skill (is that even possible)? Lots of questions.

    • Jim B. Johnson

      Ah, he has to be on the 25-man roster. Scratch that.

      • edb

        Why does he have to be on the 25 man roster? Can’t any player be waived? At that point the 61 mil is sunk so why waster a roster spot too?

        • JP

          That’s what I say. the Yankees should cut their losses at that point and move on.

    • lightSABR

      Were they bluffing? Yeah, probably. The same way A-Rod was bluffing when he said he wouldn’t negotiate.

      Look at it from the league’s perspective: A-Rod’s career is over either way. Nobody’s going to want him after 2014 either way. What’s to be gained by banning him? It’s an extreme punishment for someone who’s never failed a test, and by not pursuing it, they avoid having to defend it during the appeals process.

      The only people who would benefit from the ban, as opposed to the 214-game suspension, are the Yankees. And last I checked, the commissioner’s office wasn’t exactly in the business of helping us out.

      • RetroRob

        Agreed on the bluffing part, both sides. MLB and A-Rod have been negotiating through the media.

        That’s why I’m not entirely convinced this ESPN story represents the final decision, otherwise why leak it more than 24-hours in advance? MLB does not want to drag this out through arbitration and a potential lawsuit, which is what’s going to happen. They want A-Rod to agree to the suspension. The only way that’s going to happen is if they reduce the so that he can play at some point in 2014.

        I still think there’s a chance he plays toward the end of next year, even if they announce he’s banned through next season. Negotiations can continue.

        • I’m not the droids you’re looking for…

          Good point about this leak, timing, etc. And agreed ARod would only agree to not fight it if it allowed him back late 2014. Call it 150 games, maybe 162 but obviously spread across two seasons. If Selig insists on 212 games then I will sit back and enjoy ARod employing a scorched earth legal strategy.

        • lightSABR

          Ha. Yeah, knowing this team’s luck, A-Rod will be suspended through the end of next year. The Yankees will plan on that and get under $189m. Then after they’ve signed the last contract to put them at $189m, A-Rod and the commish will announce that they’ve made a deal and he’ll be back for 20% of next season, which will put the Yankees on the hook for $5m of salary and $6m of incentive pay for A-Rod. And then the Yankees will get none of the benefits of the $189m plan after having ruined two or three seasons to pull it off.

      • fat jeter

        he did fail in 2003. tested positive for 2 anabolic steroids. unfortunately, that was just during the “fact-finding” portion of the whole PED thing and no penalty was attached.

        • Kiko Jones

          He’s also the only one who’s paid any kind of price for that. 103 other players should be quite grateful.

    • Gonzo

      A lifetime ban has a much worse chance of standing up in the appeal process. It also leaves a lot up to the arbiters as to how long the suspension will be. By giving out a 214 game ban, it’s got a better chance to stick, and if they want to reduce it, leaves them more likely to get a 150-200 game suspension.

  • Alex B. Badd

    Since he’s not making any NYY $ in 2014, and HE LOVES BASEBALL, why wouldn’t he go to Japan to pick up a paycheck and keep his skills sharp. Would that void the remainder of hi Yankee contract?

    • 28 this year

      I don’t know whether he would be allowed to do so but I wouldn’t be surprised if MLB has some agreement with the NPB over possible issues such as this. And if there is no agreement, I am sure MLB would not be happy with NPB allowing A-Rod into their league.

      • hogsmog

        I don’t really know why they’d care? How is that hurting MLB?

        • 28 this year

          Well it would reduce the actual harm to A-Rod from the suspension. It probably doesn’t matter but I feel like it would just piss off Bud. Depends how personally he takes it, haha. I guess it doesn’t really matter.

    • RetroRob

      I suggested something similar yesterday, although when I thought more about it I just don’t think it’s possible. While he is suspended, that doesn’t void his contract. He’s just ineligible to play and collect his money. That doesn’t mean he can then go play elsewhere. And even if he could, what would happen if he got injured? That might void any obligation the Yankees have to pay him.

      It’s a nice idea and one that would make sense. I just don’t think it can happen.

      • Gonzo

        This is correct. The only way he could play elsewhere is under a lifetime ban. Otherwise, the Yankees own his rights.

        • OldYanksFan

          Yeah… but it would be in the Yankees best interest to give him permission to play elsewhere. If he stays in shape, he may have value in 2015 as a DH/emergency 3Bman. If he gets injured, the Yanks collect insurance. Win-Win.

          • Gonzo

            They don’t want him back in 2015 even if he’s playing at acceptable levels. Also, letting him play in other in other leagues would probably be violate certain contractual agreements with the MLB/MLBPA and their insurance company.

        • Alex B. Badd

          For a reasonable fee ($250k ish), I volunteer to pitch back yard wiffle ball to him. By moving the wiffle mound to 45 feet from home plate, it effectively simulates MLB pitching and my wiffle stuff is nasty. I need a left handed to complement my rightiness.

          He will then be able to pick up where he left off in 2015.

      • yooboo

        No WBC for Arod if I understand Manny Ramirez situation well.

  • Frank

    He gets 150 games max.

  • Different Josh

    Its weird, because Heyman said in his article, as a little blurb, that its doubtful that A-Rod gets suspended under the integrity clause. ESPN seems to be reporting otherwise, but everywhere else I’ve looked doesn’t really mention the integrity clause anymore.

  • itsallhowuseeit

    This story has changed a million times. A Rod plays monday

    • Gonzo

      I’ll take that bet.

      • Gonzo

        Looks like I woulda lost that bet.

    • lightSABR

      Care to take bets on that? I strongly suspect you’re wrong.

    • steves

      Arod will be more embarrassed if he even tries to show-up in Chicago; they won’t even let him into the clubhouse once he is suspended. Nice photo op that will make.

  • Rizi Walnuts

    A-rod turned out to be what many thought A-rod always to be – a fancy-pants sham. I always wanted the guy to be the answer, the dream, the booming, blasting, wall-busting monster. Instead we got a chemically enhanced chameleon of self-enhanced regard, hypnotized by the mirror on his wall and the stat-roid baseball card in his head. The team will be a better team without him.

    • lightSABR

      Sadly, not this year it won’t. Not unless you’re really excited about David Adams’ 48 wRC+, or Jayson Nix’s 63. Or maybe Eduardo Nunez’s 59?

    • I’m not the droids you’re looking for…

      You are high if you think the team will be better without him, unless you mean in some emotional sense. We have by far the worst 3B output currently. A-Rod would’ve been a massive upgrade even if he were only a league average offensive player. That’s how bad our 3B output has been.

      And given the state of the FA market this coming off season, and state of our prospects, you could likely say the same for 2014.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        They’d be better with him this year.
        For next year, they SHOULD be able to get more bang for their $25M than ARod would have any realistic chance of providing.

        • I’m not the droids you’re looking for…

          Possible, though the FA market isn’t exactly stacked. Agreed that it’s much more likely if you are talking about overall production at multiple positions as opposed to at 3B alone.

          • lightSABR

            Also if you’re assuming that ownership will actually spend the $25m instead of pocketing it and staying under $189m.

            • radnom

              Yeah, but if they are staying under $189 then it is even more beneficial to lose him. The chances of fielding a contending team at that number in 2014 are much better without his contract (even if they are still poor).

              • radnom

                Any way you slice it, Yankees are better off without Arod. Just because people said that in the past when it wasn’t true, doesn’t make it not true now.

                • lightSABR

                  The Yankees are absolutely not better off without A-Rod this year. His replacements have been setting record levels of suck.

                  The Yankees MIGHT be better off without A-Rod next year. It depends on what else they can find to spend the money on.

                  The Yankees would unquestionably be better off without A-Rod for the last two or three years of his contract. Unfortunately, those are exactly the years during which they won’t be without A-Rod.

                  • Cool Lester Smooth

                    It means we can definitely resign Cano and stay under 189. We also have a chance of keeping Grandy, and we don’t have to worry as much about people accepting QOs.

                  • radnom

                    If you read my posts you would see I was clearly talking about 2014. And there is no “might” about it – they are better off having that money then getting a (potentially!) league average, injury prone player for the top salary in the league. It blows my mind that anyone would even attempt to reason otherwise.

                    • radnom

                      Also, looking at the big picture, the benefit of loosing his contract far outweighs what he can bring to the field the rest of this season (be realistic there). Overall, they are better off without him, considering both 2013 and 2014.

                    • radnom

                      *the benefit of loosing his contract in 2014

                • b-rar

                  Have you tried slicing it along runs scored, or the win-loss column?

                  • JobaWockeeZ

                    I’m guessing you didn’t read his argument fully, did you?

            • I’m not the droids you’re looking for…

              I was definitely making that assumption but I do take it as a given. IOW payroll (all in) will be a tick under $189mm, but with the suspension there would be $27.5mm less of it already accounted for, leaving it to be spent on other players.

              I still say it’s a question whether they’re better. We don’t know how ARod would’ve performed, and, the FA market is pretty thin overall and with TV money and the 2nd wildcard I think more teams will be legit players in the FA market than ever.

              • radnom

                I don’t care what the market is like. The Yankees can do better than one league average (and injury prone!) player for 25 million. If this is really your opinion, you must also want Cashman fired yesterday.

    • Betty Lizard

      A chemically-enhanced chameleon?

      The lizard war is ON.

      • I’m not the droids you’re looking for…

        Awesome!

    • Skip

      “The team will be a better team without him.”

      Cody Ransom says hi.

  • yooboo

    Removing Arod 25m from 2014 does not solve the problem until Yankees are able to land Peralta, Nolasco and Cruz as free agents. After Cano, obviously.

    • Steve (different one)

      Would be hilarious if the yanks spent ARod’s money on two of the other biogenesis guys….

      • edb

        PR nightmare—trade for Big Baby Jesus back and make a move for Ryan Braun and we can field the Biogenesis all star team (of course Cervy would be on it too).

  • Captain Turbo

    Selig should just summarily ban him for life and quit with this grotesque charade of due process. It’s obvious he wants A-Rod out so be a man and use your powers to do it. Quit hiding behind the “rules” that have been applied selectively and with bias.

    • I’m not the droids you’re looking for…

      That’s just the issue. At the end of the day Selig is a complete pussy. Self serving hypocritical pussy.

    • edb

      Roger Goodell tried that trick…backfired.

      • JP

        This!!!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/mattpat11 Matt DiBari

    And tomorrow we’ll hear the suspensions are coming Wednesday.

  • Stanislaw

    Integrity of the game? Selig is such a goddamn hypocrite. Worst commissioner ever.

    • I’m not the droids you’re looking for…

      +10000000000

      I hope for real ugliness in the fight so that this gets (much) more attention.

    • Lem

      He lives in some science-fiction, alternate reality.

      • A-Rod

        Yeah, I do!

        Oh, you meant Bud?
        Never mind.

    • Midland TX

      Agree with Stan. If Bud insists in singling out Alex after all the cheating that took place on Bud’s watch, then I want Alex to go to the mat. Then maybe we’ll have full(er) disclosure and something resembling a real Truth and Reconciliation process.

      • radnom

        How is he singling Alex out. MLB didn’t even to decide to investigate Biogenesis independently – an ex-employee broke the records to the media starting this entire thing.

        The late 90′s has absolutely nothing to do with the facts of this case. No one forced Arod to do PEDs, recruit other players, attempt to impede the investigation by buying back evidence.

        He is getting all the attention because of several reasons. One, fans have never liked him. Baseball is entertainment, how you’re perceived matters, tough. Two, he is the only one negotiating this hard. Refusing to make a deal, sending some random doctor he never met on a PR tour (the Doc was sanctioned for PED related offenses 6months back), holding pressers. He wants as much money as he can at any cost to his image. Three, his alledged offenses are the worst of the biogenesis group.

        • I’m not the droids you’re looking for…

          Yes, the past does have to do with one’s assessment of this case, the actors in it, and the actions now being taken. You can continue to ignore this reality, but saying it repeatedly doesn’t make it so. Context matters. And context didn’t start with the most recent CBA.

          • radnom

            So what is your point. Baseball isn’t allowed to enforce its rules, because guys in the past got away with it? Or is it only until the next commissioner?

            Context does matter. The rules/environment were different in 1998. Yeah, a bunch of parties, including the league share blame about what happened then.

            It has nothing to do with a clear, black and white rule violation in 2012. Arod shouldn’t be punished for what player’s back then did, but nor should he be exonerated because they went unpunished. He should be judged on this incident alone, which is pretty bad. If you don’t agree, then sour grapes.

      • Chris

        I’m all for full disclosure – Alex – tell us were you ever clean? You admit to PEDs in 2001 to 2003 when you were 26 to 28 when you should have had the least amount of need to use – you had 8-10 years of professional strength training and experience, and you were still so young that your body could naturally heal and handle the rigors of 162 games a year. Makes me wonder if you used in HS and all throughout your amateur and professional career?

        Alex, the nice guy, big brother type who will offer a struggling young player advice, and then perhaps even lead him to a PED doctor. This is the guy a lot of folks seem to want on the team because his stats might beat out the guys currently playing on the team!!! To me, he sounds like a cheat and a cancer and not someone you should want in your clubhouse. Remember a small cancer can spread and eventually destroy the rest of the body – and besides what good are his empty stats because when it really counts he lacks the fortitude, the grit, the heart to deliver an honest days work for an honest days pay.

        • I’m not the droids you’re looking for…

          I would like the Yanks to win more games than the other guys, make the playoffs, and have a shot at the WS. The chances of that happening in 2013 are better with ARod playing than not. Full stop.

          Until MLB does blood and uring testing every single day on every single player every day of the year then the game will still be riddled with PED users.

          • Chris

            I agree – MLB drug testing needs to be much tougher – that’s something that the owners and the players (union) need to put together ASAP. Seriously, none of these guys tested positive, and it seems that most of them will admit to taking, so somehow there is a huge hole in the program, that is unacceptable.

            Regarding this year – I’m still hopeful adding Grandyman, Jeter, Soriano (and Nunez) will provide some offensive bounce; hell perhaps Pronk and Youk provide something in September; and maybe CC, Pettitte and Hughes pull it together. It’s tough and a lot to ask for but I still believe.

            And next year, well an A-rod suspension frees up $25M in a $189M budget so Cano becomes much more realistic, and Grandyman accepting an offer fits too; and we could probably still go out and get a 3B or SS, and pitcher.

            And hopefully by the off-season after 2014, A-rod’s status with the Yanks will be worked out.

            I still believe in the Yanks with or without A-rod. And I prefer them without especially at this point – so long as they win ;)

            • radnom

              Actually, a couple of these guys tested positive including two star-level players (Braun and Melky) and Colon who was pitching very well at the time.

        • edb

          Great points..Cervy, Montero, and Melky on the list…don’t let him get his hands on Gary Sanchez.

  • b-rar

    Ban Selig from baseball, sentence A-Rod to community service.

    • I’m not the droids you’re looking for…

      Sound plan. Anything that gets Selig away from baseball, preferably in disgrace, is okay by me.

  • ChrisS

    With a weak FA class and a whole lot of holes to fill, I don’t know if I’m particularly comfortable with the Yankees being suddenly flushed with cash.

    5/$100m for Shinn-Soo Choo?

    6/$130m for McCann?

    I’m not sure what Theo and Cubs’ plans are with regards to payroll, considering they have new-ish ownership, but they’ve been piling up prospects and will have about $40 million in committed payroll this offseason (and half that in 2015) with a giant gaping hole at 2B (as well as other locations). They not be players for a few seasons, but they’ll have the revenue to spend & attract high end FAs.

    • Chris

      You are high if you think McCann gets 6/130

      • ChrisS

        The Angels didn’t think they would be able to trade Vernon Wells either.

        Just sayin’.

        I hope the Yankees don’t get panicky in the offseason just because they have needs and money.

  • Eddard

    His career will be over but he’ll still collect on that last $60 million, which isn’t the worst thing because it’s only 2014 that the Yanks have to be under the $189 million. The supsension was almost perfect timing, 2-3 months later would have been better, but now they can reset the luxury tax.

  • Duh Injuries

    Here’s what A-Rod and MLB should do:

    A-Rod – Retire for medical reasons, collect the $86M in remaining guaranteed salary, forgo the $30M in homerun milestone bonus money, allow the Yanks to collect $68.8M or 80% of the remaining $86M salary in insurance money, and publicly admit to taking PEDs.

    MLB – Allow A-Rod back into baseball for 2015.

    ‘Say this happens and A-Rod is allowed to return to baseball in 2015. No NL team would sign him and all he could do is DH, so the only AL team he could sign with is one who needs a DH. He burned his bridges with Seattle, Texas, and the Yankees, so he’s not returning to any of them. No way Tampa Bay, Toronto, Minnesota, Kansas City, or Oakland would want him anywhere near their young players. I’m guessing Boston would not want him as players would definitely say no way we don’t want him in our clubhouse, besides that beloved by fans and teammates David Ortiz could continue to be the DH. Buck Showalter is signed through 2018 so forget A-Rod coming to Baltimore. There’s no room for A-Rod in Los Angeles because Pujols is their DH. That leaves him with only Chicago and Detroit as realistic suitors.

    If I’m A-Rod, I retire, admit my wrongdoing, then send faxes to the White Sox and the Tigers offering my services for a year and a mil which I will donate to charity, team charity or local charity of the team’s choice (since I just made $86M from retirement.) I would also call Max Scherzer, one of the Player’s Union reps to tell him I will do everything I can to help rid baseball of PEDs. I’m sure Scherzer would greatly appreciate that considering I doubt anyone else would come forward.

    No suspension. No banishment. No legal battles. I go away for a year plus and maybe return for what would most likely be one final season. Detroit would be the move as they are a solid club. He could donate his 2014 salary to a local charity – Detroit could use it. Even better: build job training center and drug treatment centers there. Only an asshole would complain about him doing that for what current MLB player does shit like that?

    • Chris

      I like your idea. unfortunately he won’t come up with it himself and he may not have anyone on his payroll with the balls to suggest this to him.

    • radnom

      Why would insurance company payout on the final three years of Arod’s contract if he is back playing?

      He can’t just retire for “medical reasons” if he can still play.

    • edb

      You are a better person than Arod.

    • JP

      The insurance company won’t pay if A-Rod/Yankees/MLB can’t prove that he can’t play with the surgically repaired hip. Also, the chances of the insurance companies paying anything has declined because of this Biogenesis debacle.

  • Al

    A- Rod will get a court order injunction at which point the head of the biogenesis will have to be cross-examined but because the federal government is investigating him he will not for his safety’s sake he cannot be cross-examined it would affect anything he says will become On the record still .at which point A-Rod’s lawyers will demand to see the testimony that the head of biogenesis gave toMLB incriminating ride then at that point that testimony will become public and be available for the FBI Federal government so this guy is screwed No matter which way he turns that major-league baseball will have to tell on the record how much they paid for information how much they paid witnesses and how they use their Nazis cloak and dagger to get information wiretap which will show that they were premeditated To get A-Rod

    • I’m not the droids you’re looking for…

      I will certainly enjoy watching ARod spend countless zillions on a scorched earth legal strategy that will surely embarrass Selig.

    • radnom


      how they use their Nazis cloak and dagger to get information wiretap which will show that they were premeditated To get A-Rod

      Do you also think that 9/11 was an inside job?

  • Octopig

    Obviously A-Rod is worse than cancer and it’s great news for the Yankees since they won’t have to pay him the tens of millions of dollars that they’re contractually obligated to. There’s still something a little gross about Bud Selig essentially holding his scalp up in front of the media and proclaiming that MLB is TOUGH ON DRUGS. Is what he did four times worse than everyone else involved in the Biogenesis mess, who will get 50-65 game suspensions? Who cares! A-Rod is the perfect scapegoat since everyone already hates him.

    • I’m not the droids you’re looking for…

      It’s awful news for the Yankees in that it is the worst case scenario of all those bandied about. We are a worse team the rest of this year, likely next year too, but then still owe him $61mm for the following 3 years.

      • OldYanksFan

        They will be much better off next year. The Yanks will have $27.5 more to invest in the team. That’s an average/slightly above 3Bman and an above average (Swisher type) OF’er.

        • I’m not the droids you’re looking for…

          I think it’s very much a question whether they’ll be better at all let alone “much” better off given the very thin FA market and the fact that TV money and the 2nd wild card will make many more teams legit players in the FA market this offseason, driving up prices for already thin talent, whether the Yanks can – at the margin – get more for this money in production than they would’ve from ARod (the HR he hit 2 days ago looked pretty effortless off the bat, and it was a booming shot; he’s also running way better than Jeter was; yes SSS!)

          And the fact that the FO has pretty well botched the last offseason or two doesn’t exactly leave me brimming with confidence that they’re going to spend wisely.

          It’s certainly possible. But nothing in the current tea leaves makes it anything approaching a slam dunk IMO.

          Add in a pretty big AAV raise to Cano and Kuroda (if he returns) and it gets even murkier. Yes I understand we would have had to contend with those things in any case. But that suddenly freed $27.5mm may make the Yanks do something they might not have otherwise, like offer Kuroda a big raise to stay, or pay Cano more in AAV. IOW be a little sloppier.

          • edb

            How big a raise do you expect them to give a 38 yr old pitcher who has shown he’d rather play year to year where he wants than deal with moving all around the country for more money? Also the FA market isnt the only way to improve the team. Plenty of teams that thought they would be good may look to re-tool. And assuming a years worth of league average production from Arod, you’d have to completely ignore his past two years. Odds are he would have missed half those games anyway and the team would then turn to…yup Jayson Nix to fill the void. Not having Arod next year and getting a legitimate (if not elite) 3B is a way better bet to add wins than to hope Arods body holds up for $27M.

    • Duh Injuries

      Yes it is he obstructed investigation and tried to cover up his actions.

      A-Rod needs to retire before he can be suspended or banned.

      Like I said he could always sign with Detroit for a year and a mil where he could open job training and drug treatment centers in Detroit with that mil and a matching gift by the Tigers (A-Rod pays for the drug treatment center, the Tigers pay for the job traning center.) Maybe he turns around at least one life in Detroit which might save another since that’s one less person killing someone.

      • dc1874

        …Or more likely he sells the book and movie rights to his life story for 30 mil!!

  • Duh Injuries

    A-Rod needs to undo his wrong.

    He needs to retire, step away, try to come back, and if he can or can’t, spend the rest of his life making sure at least one MLB player doesn’t take PEDs and doing something for his fellow man with the hundreds of millions he has earned off their backs.

    That’s it. I believe in redemption.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      More likely he’ll take the Pete Rose path and linger around the periphery of the game playing the victim role, continuing to lie through his teeth about how he was an innocent man unjustly singled out by MLB and the Yankees who conspired to screw him out of his money.

      • I’m not the droids you’re looking for…

        Yes because none of that is true.

  • Frank

    Player A – Fails drug test, lies about it and arranges to pay $10,000 for a website for the purpose of fabricating evidence that Player A innocently procured substance he did not believe to be PED. Only gives up after MLB conducts forensic investigation to prove web site was fraudulent. In end, player accepts 50 game ban.

    Player B – Doesn’t fail a drug test, denies taking PEDs, allegedly attempted but was not successful in purchasing evidence to the contrary, is facing a 214 game ban.

    Something doesn’t seem right here.

    • Frank

      ..oh, and Player B “Recruited” (whispered to other plays the name “Boesch”) other players towards PEDs. Yeah. That’s definitely worthy of another 100+ games right there.

      • radnom

        Failing a drug test isn’t against the rules, taking PEDs is. Both players unquestionably did that, so the distinction you are trying to make there is an irrelevant one.

        The player A/B thing really only works with objective numbers, not incredibly biased descriptions based on total speculation.

        • Frank

          Yes, failing a drug test for PEDs is against the rules – hence the ban. And I’m not speculating about Player A – that’s all fact. Player B didn’t fail a drug test, and despite what you describe as “unquestionable” – there is no proof (that we’ve seen) that A-Rod took PEDs, even if there is proof he purchased them.

          • edb

            So your argument is that he bought them and…donated them to a 3rd world country because he thought those Nigerian children looked too skinny?

            “There is no proof that A-rod took, PEDS, even if there is proof he purchased them.”

            There is proof…he admitted it…on national television…after he got caught…by a US Senator.

            • Frank

              No, I’m not arguing A-Rod didn’t do PEDs. I’m saying it hasn’t been proven that he did – although we all reasonably suspect he did.

              What Melky did was proven. He took PEDs (punishable by a 50 game ban) – and in addition to that, attempted to cover it up by arranging for the purchase of a web site (for $10,000), which he planned to point to as the source of where he purchased supplements – unbeknownst to him containing PEDs – and therefore misleading MLB and foiling their findings/investigation. All for all that, no tack on to the 50 game ban. Also, it’s being reported MLB won’t go after Melky again even though they found ties to him and Biogenesis.

              By MLB’s standard and past precedent, A-Rod should get a 50-game ban – and that’s all. I’m betting A-Rod’s attorneys will be able to convince and independent arbitrator of the same.

              • edb

                It hasn’t been proven? He admitted it. He is a serial offender. Melky at least as a young player can be rehabilitated, and perhaps contribute something clean to the game. Arod not only has little left to offer the game he has proven that he will continue his behavior. With $300M in the bank he has the means to continually game the system and cheat his “brethren.” 3 of the supposedly 12 suspects in this case were Yankee prospects. If the drug test were the end all be all there would be no “non-analytical positives” worked into the CBA. Time for Arod to go away.

            • Kiko Jones

              Surely you’re not invoking a report by a certain Senator, who is a minority partner in the Red Sox and whose report found NOT ONE Boston player who had used PEDs. (No Brewers, either. Let’s see…who in the Commissioner’s office has ties to the Brewers…hmmm…)
              Is that who/what you’re referring to?

    • RetroRob

      Yeah, I have to say that if A-Rod wants to try and prove that MLB has one standard for him and then a second standard for everyone else, the Melky Cabrera case will help A-Rod quite a bit.

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        But I’ve read nothing about Melky recruiting other plays to biogenesis. To me, out of all his “crimes” that’s the worst thing of all if that is indeed true.

        • I’m not the droids you’re looking for…

          Worthy of a punishment (at least) 4X Melky’s?

          • RetroRob

            …and to add to your point, Melky didn’t get single extra game added to the standard 50 games. He lied, he obstructed and he created a damn web site. Not a single additional game. That is just one of many reasons Selig should not want this to go under review and why I think some agreement will occur by tomorrow or shortly thereafter.

            • Frank

              …and to add to your point, Melky us rumored to be tied to Biogenesis… and even with that, he apparently won’t face additional penalty time. So it’s 50 games – time served – for everything he did, and apparently 200+ games for A-Rod – his first punishable offense – because?

              Now, I’d love for the Yanks to save money here, but how can anyone with a sense of fairness think what is going on here is right?

        • Frank

          It’s a matter of opinion, but IMO, referring other players to Biogenesis isn’t as bad as fabricating evidence and fraud. Melky got off really easy in comparison.

          • edb

            Referring other players encourage proliferation of the problem. Fabricating evidence and fraud only saves your own butt. How is that worse?

            • Frank

              For the sake of argument, let’s say you’re right and encouraging others to use Biogenesis is worse that what Melky did – which was lie and fabricate evidence in order to foil MLB’s findings that he did PEDs…

              For a first time drug offense, the penalty is 50 games.

              Nothing more for what Melky did in addition to “just failing” a drug test?

              That’s my point.

              • edb

                You are right about that. Melky was probably worse than Ryan Braun who got the random 65 game number. I think a third of a season is too light in general so the 50 game ban seems almost pointless. Sadly, MLB is figuring that out a little too late. They were trying to be on par with football’s 4 game suspensions but half those guys are getting busted for smoking weed which is probably not a PED.

    • OldYanksFan

      Leaked news says MLB has proof that ARod used in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

      • JP

        At this point, there’s so much leaked news about this, leaks are now totally irrelevant. Remember, it was “leaked” that the suspensions were supposed to come down last Wednesday. See how reliable “leaks” are.

  • stuart a

    aroid is a mega narcissist on a scale you clowns could not comprehend.

    the yanks will trade for a 3b in the offseason like Headley.

    the only better scenario for the yanks is aroid got suspended at the end of the season for 214 games…

    and I love the whiny fans who imply the yanks do not spend enough money on talent.. laughable..

    no grandy, tex, and aroid all season has hurt a ton….

    • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

      don’t forget the purple lips

      • edb

        Centaur

  • Al

    Did Did a Rodsfield a drug test no good A-Rod have drugs of substance on his possession no was a ride distributing drugs no all they have is fourth and fifth person accounts also Tony Bosch refuses to testify so upon legal appeal All evidence of Tony Bosch becomes public record also let’s be honest A-Rod people Is giving all of the information now to the federal government whereas before major-league baseball would not give evidence the federal government because they would not be able to get these players

    • Alex B. Badd

      Try mixing in a few comas and periods.

  • stuart a

    aroid will lose his appeal also. he is gone, the punk is the last to know…

    he is such a phony he makes politicians seem genuine….

  • Govin

    Was reading some random article about the whole Alex fiasco.

    “Rodriguez’s comments after a game with the Yankees’ double-a affiliate, the Trenton Tigers, apparently infuriated Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig.”

    Trenton Tigers, is this writer for real.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      ESPN believed it, but ESPN would believe that Tim Tebow can actually throw a football….

      …I say that as a Patriots fan (puts up guards from tomatoes).

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    The only way this could get better or worse depending on your viewpoint is if Arod gets suspended, appeals and tries to take the field Monday only to be dragged off by security.

    • Pat D

      I’d pay to watch that.

  • Al

    Bud and major-league baseball is refusing to show any evidence that has Tony bosses name on it to Alex Rodriguez’s’s lawyers because if they showed this evidence then upon federal investigation anybody that sees this Can and will be subpoenaed for federal investigations upon Tony Bosch distributing steroids to high school and hundred age people through these children’s parents This is a dare a route is Darren major-league baseball to do something which a federal investigator has to look at all the records then it could possibly be shown that this was a all-out witchhunt Hey Rod never failed a drug test Has never been convicted or court with possession of drugs Has never been Court in reference to distributing drugs Has never been court with the sole purpose of soliciting to distribute drugs. The best part is where does a ride get the court order injunction to subpoena the evidence for his hearing and to play this you get the court-ordered injunction in Florida for he’s a resident or does he get the court order injunction in New York were major-league baseball New York Yankees Reeside or does he get the court or injunction Elmo walkie Does he get the court-ordered injunction in Milwaukee Wisconsin werer Bub and MLB Has a office there which also is very favorable to the NFL labor and all labor

  • Al

    Now the best part . A-Rods people have been in talks with Gean Orza and the forma head of the MLBPA Donald Fehr for input and info on going over the head of the CBA. ( MLB and the MLBPA) from 690 the Fan in Montréal

  • mt

    I hope Bud does not try to keep Arod off the field during his appeal – I think it will get him more sympathasizers than Arod deserves. Bud seems to want to bully Arod – I don’t understand on something this significant that Bud wants to jump the process that was so laboriously negotiated with union. I can understand not having an Aaron Hernandez on the field during any type of legal process (and football contracts of course can easily be dropped) but why can’t Arod not be on field? If he is banned from the field, as he appeals or litigates, all the leaks from each camp will still dominate the daily news cycle anyway so I am not sure that the embarassment level for MLB is significantly lower. I also worry arbitrator may more than “make it up” to any barred Arod by eventually reducing the total suspension by more than the games he misses in 2013, reducing the 2014 suspension more than it “should be”.

    If MLB uses the joint drug suspension language and Arod appeals while playing, then the 212 games, subject to arbitrator reduction, will mostly if not totally get served next year. Right now the best that the two sides can probably negotiate (if they are still talking) is a settlement of a 150 or 162 game suspension starting immediately with no appeal – that allows Arod to come back before end of next year – gives Arod more of a chance to come back with some (limited) semblance of baseball skill.

    From a selfish Yankee fan point of view – yes the 212 game suspension helps financially but the problem with it is that he definitely will be an extremely diminished player going into 2015. I would think Arod would come back and try to play to get his money for 2015-2017 even if he is terrible. Yanks will the have to either let him play on 25 man roster even if he is terrible; release him paying his full salary for no production; or work out a settlement where I don’t see Yanks getting much of a discount from the full price given the state of affairs between Arod and the Yanks.

    I think the statements one sees that a 212 game suspension is an effective ban for life for Arod are way overblown – I think Arod will come back, no matter how diminished, to get his money.

  • Nathan

    So his suspension helps the Yankees in the short term in that not paying him next year will help the luxury tax reset but if/when his suspension is over, they are still on the hook for big $$$.

  • Kiko Jones

    A-Rod fan, hater or indifferent observer can all agree that if he broke the rules and MLB has the goods to punish him, they should go ahead and do so. But to stop him from appealing is, dare I say it, some un-American bulls**t. And if MLB is gonna go down that road, then A-Rod’s legal team should burn the house down while Selig is tied to a chair.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      Arod should have the righ to appeal but I don’t think he should be allowed to play during the appeal process. He’s without a doubt gonna get 100-150 games suspension at the bare minimum.
      If the shit really hits the fan and everything is revealed, MLB won’t come out smelling like roses but I’d bet any amount of money that Arod is gonna come out looking far, far worse than Selig.

      • I’m not the droids you’re looking for…

        Why shouldn’t he have the right to play during appeal? You do realize that that right is explicitly granted in the CBA don’t you?

        • Manny’s BanWagon

          As usual your wrong. All Selig has to do is invoke the BI clause which IS IN THE CBA and no appeal.

      • I’m not the droids you’re looking for…

        Oh and totally disagree about Selig, especially if you expand your reality to include the 90′s which, you know, if you’re older than 12 you should probably do. But even without that Selig will undoubtedly come out looking like the blatantly self serving hypocrite he is.

        • radnom

          “I already hate Selig for other stuff so no matter what the facts of this case end up being when the finally come out, I know that his is in the wrong over Arod”

          You realize this is what you’re constantly repeating, right?

        • Manny’s BanWagon

          Your dick sucking of Arod is quite pathetic. You’re like those people who insist OJ was innocent.

    • JW

      Easy, Norma Rae. The process MLB is following is part of the CBA that the player’s union agreed to.

      • I’m not the droids you’re looking for…

        Not if they deny him the right to play during appeal. The rig to play during appeal is explicit in the CBA.

        Using the best interests clause would mean Selig going back on something he explicitly agreed to, in writing, as have all commissioners, to not use the BI clause except for gambling.

        • radnom


          he explicitly agreed to, in writing, as have all commissioners, to not use the BI clause except for gambling.

          Calling bullshit on that one. Care to provide a source?

          http://articles.chicagotribune.....missioners


          Over the years, successions of commissioners have invoked the “best interests of baseball” dozens of times in their rulings, with varying degrees of success.

          Goes on to talk about all sorts of uses having nothing to do with gambling (and far more egregious than suspending a PED user.

          • radnom

            This is actually a really interesting article.

            “Commissioner Ueberroth declared in 1985 that unless the Cubs installed lights in Wrigley Field, they might be required to play postseason “home” games in a lighted stadium elsewhere.”

            “Vincent applied his “best interests” authority to a National League realignment in 1992 that would have included moving the Cubs and Cardinals to the National League West. But a federal judge overturned Vincent’s action and allowed the Cubs to veto the realignment, which they did.”

          • 24/7, 365 A-Rod

            I’ll jump in here since there are two different issues being discussed.

            Droid was most likely referring to the use of the “best interests” clause to remove a player’s rights for arbitration to hear his case. Commissioners, including Selig, have agreed to basically not use the best interests clause to outright ban a player unless it relates to gambling. That’s what he’s talking about.

            From the Associated Press regarding the CBA: But a letter from Selig that is Attachment 1 states: “I understand that the players’ association has expressed concern that the commissioner might take some action pursuant to Article XI (A) (1) (b) of the Basic Agreement which could negate rights of players under the new Basic Agreement. While I have difficulty seeing that this is a real problem, I am quite willing to assure the association that the commissioner will take no such action.”

            Those words and attachment to the CBA means that Selig could not ban A-Rod as has been described in the media, unless he was to go back on that attachment.

            That’s why we will see A-Rod in the line-up tomorrow unless some other agreement is made between A-Rod and MLB.

  • Al

    Until ARod plays in a MLB game he then is still on Injury rehabilitation . KEY WORD INJURY . HE has never been removed from the DL (Insurance company having to pay his salary no matter what until he comes off the disabled list.) The Yankees must Activate him by 12:00pm monday for Documentation Purposes for this suspension For documentation purposes

    • Crime Dog

      I have no idea what this means. For documentation purposes

    • 24/7, 365 A-Rod

      I would not assume the insurance companies are paying a dime to the Yankees for A-Rod for this injury. Pretty unlikely. The cost of that type of insurance contract would be very high. Most likely the Yankees have catastrophic insurance, meaning it only kicks in if he has a career-ending injury and can no longer play due to that injury. That’s obviously not the case here. He might suck, but he can play.

  • Carlos Danger

    So does this mean my investment in an authentic A-Rod signed baseball is a bust?

    • I’m not the droids you’re looking for…

      Heh.

      Did you see that article about the guy who had two balls (heh) signed by ARod (heh) from back when he was just drafted and playing in the minors? A nest egg now devoid of value.

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    Well, as much as this sucks for this year, it means we’ll definitely be able to re-sign Robbie and Kuroda in the winter.

    Mixed blessings.

    • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores

      I don’t want to sign Robbie.

      Yeah, let’s give an aging superstar a long contract. An aging superstar who’s value lies almost entirely in bat speed and durability, the two things that are known specifically to decline with age. Because contracts to aging superstars have worked out so well in baseball.

      Pass, please.

  • ClusterDuck

    I think the Yankees shouldn’t have to pay the remaining post suspension part of his contract.

    An Arod returning in 2015 after a year and one half suspension at age forty is worthless. And its because he broke the rules

    • 302w

      I think he would have been worthless regardless of the suspension at age 40. I’m just hoping that the Yankees find a reasonable way to buy out/void the remaining 3 years(!) left after his return.

  • Joe

    Why wouldn’t the Yanks bring him back for 2015? Hank knows that the casual Yankees fan will eat whatever shi* is fed to them by him. As long as it’s a brand name has been those fans will continue to waste money on the likes of A Rod. It don’t matter what age A Rod is, Hank knows it’s a business so as long as its’ a name regardless of production Hank will somehow spin it into a positive because it’s the Yankees and it’s A Rod.

  • Carlos Danger

    So A-Rod will be playing Monday…YES!

    • 24/7, 365 A-Rod

      I think so.

  • Mikhel

    The Yankees should hire Tonya Harding’s ex-boyfriend and arrange for him to “meet” Alex.

    ¬_¬

  • Matt

    I can’t help but compare Cano with Arod. No, I’m not accusing Robbie of shooting up. I mean that Arod should have convinced everyone, now and forever, that contracts worth over $20 million per year, and longer than 5 years, are absolutely STUPID unless they are based on a ton of incentive clauses. If a player continues to be productive, he gets paid. If not, not.

    • 24/7, 365 A-Rod

      There’s one way to reduce the high contracts for older players. Allow the younger players to become free agents much faster. Right now Trout, Machado, Harper, etc. are being robbed.

      • Mikhel

        That will only promote mediocrity in teams who will deem better to have losing seasons to draft higher, develop young players and later sell them earlier than they do these days.

  • Al

    A-Rod gets to cross-examine the man who is giving all the selected information Tony Bosch but the little moron won’t testify because he’s facing federal indictment for giving steroids under age children. A-Rod. did not fail a drug test he has never failed drug test he has not distributed drugs and he has not solicited other players for the purpose of soliciting drugs. This is nothing more than bitter old man (Bud) And a little turd (Cashman) trying to get Teflon A-Rod

    • Mikhel

      “the little moron [Tony Bosch] won’t testify because he’s facing federal indictment for giving steroids under age children.”

      He might as well cut a deal with the FBI/DEA as Brian McNamee did.

      “A-Rod. did not fail a drug test he has never failed drug test”

      He failed a test back in 2003 (the same Manny Ramírez and David Ortíz failed).

      “he has not distributed drugs and he has not solicited other players for the purpose of soliciting drugs”.

      We don’t know the content of the text messages and emails MLB has, we also don’t know if other players are willing to cooperate and testify against Alex Rodríguez.

  • Crime Dog

    I, for one, look forward to A-Rod hitting .350 over the next three weeks with like 7 home runs and a ton of RBIs, and then the suspension gets upheld.

    Or, he’ll get hurt tomorrow. That’s how the seasons gone for the most part.

  • Dan

    It’s not the worse thing if he can play through the appeal. They still need a RH power bat. The suspension would probably not start until the offseason. So even if it’s reduced to less than the remainder of this season and all of the next, he’d be out for all of next season (assuming it winds up being around 162 games)

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      I think he’ll be lucky to be replacement level upon his return.

      I’m glad in one sense he’ll get to see up close how Yankees fans really feel about him. He was barely tolerated when he was good. Now that he’s washed up and exposed as a liar, cheater and all around piece of shit, it’s gonna be like Ed Whitson x 100000000 in YS3 from the amount of venom he’s gonna have to swallow.

      • WhittakerWalt

        We’ve seen what replacement level looks like this season. Even a greatly diminished Alex has to be better than that.

  • Al

    Alex Rodriguez never ever failed a mandated major-league baseball sanctioned drug test under the collective bargaining agreement Between bud and the major-league baseball players Association. We’re not talking about some random unsupervised drug test of outdated testing Under the heading of anonymous testing it could’ve been anybody’s piss