New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez met with Major League Baseball to discuss the current Biogenesis scandal and potential suspension. Rodriguez, along with 20 other major league players, are reportedly facing lengthy suspensions following the all-star break, but his meeting with the MLB could change his own punishment.
According to the New York Daily News, Rodriguez skipped a rehab game for the Single-A Tampa Yankees as he looked to broker a plea deal with Major League Baseball to reduce the length of his suspension.
From the report:
According to another source, Rodriguez’s meeting with MLB ended at about 4 p.m., and a clearly shaken Rodriguez then met with MLB Players Association reps for an hour and a half to discuss what had been outlined by MLB officials. When Rodriguez didn’t show up at the Yankees’ complex, GM Brian Cashman then tried to reach the three-time AL MVP, who told him that he “just couldn’t make it.”
Meanwhile, an A-Rod spokesman told The News Saturday night in reference to a possible plea deal that “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.
It would have been interesting to be a fly on the wall to see what Rodriguez and the MLB officials discussed during their meeting, because he would have to be very candid if there was any chance of reaching a potential plea deal.
The Rodriguez camp may deny those discussions for now, but they would be wise to cut any deal they can so they are able to avoid any lengthy suspension.
We will continue to update you on the situation as more information becomes available.