The New York Yankees have been doing everything they can to keep embattled slugger Alex Rodriguez off the field, hoping that Major League Baseball would quickly drop their league wide punishment for the Biogenesis scandal.
It appears that time has come.
According to a report from the New York Times, suspensions for fifteen or so players are expected to be handed down this week and that will include Rodriguez who will be hit the hardest with a suspension through the 2014 season.
Per Joel Sherman:
The strong indications are Major League Baseball will announce all the suspensions in the Biogenesis case this week, including one that could cover the rest of this year and all of next season for Alex Rodriguez, The Post has learned.
It always has been MLB’s plan to announce the suspensions at one time for the 15-plus players believed to be facing sanctions in the performance-enhancing drug case. MLB went early with Ryan Braun’s suspension because of his willingness to accept the penalty without appeal.
It is expected other players will do the same this week. To that end, Rodriguez’s representatives met with MLB officials in the past few days, The Post has learned. It is believed A-Rod’s camp was trying to gain a better understanding of potential penalties. However, a member of Rodriguez’s team told The Post yesterday it is “unequivocally untrue” that Rodriguez is seeking a settlement.