Feb 24, 2013; Dunedin, FL, USA; A detail of a MLB logo on the batters circle during a spring training game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles at Florida Auto Exchange Park. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

MLB will no longer negotiate with New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez; Plan to suspend him

Players who are currently in the cross-hairs of Major League Baseball, pertaining to the Biogenesis performance enhancing drugs scandal, had until today to either accept or decline the reduced suspension offer presented to them.

It’s believed that most players will accept the punishment, which is expected to be a suspension through the rest of this season, though New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has refused to do so as of this afternoon.

Now, after Major League Baseball attempted to extend their hand to Rodriguez and his camp multiple times, they have grown tired of communicating with his representatives and have decided they will no longer negotiate.

Per New York Post’s Joel Sherman:

Mike Weiner from PA called MLB today to talk settlement, MLB said no thanks. Told MLB execs tired of dealing with A-Rod camp. Unless dramatic change in 11th hour, MLB plans to just institute suspension of A-Rod without further negotiations. It is believed suspension will be for rest of this year, all next year. Though it remains possible Selig could still go for lifetime ban. A-Rod camp also contacted #Yankees today and were rejected, as well, on any discussion of working out deal on rest of contract. Was told MLB feels A-Rod has had chance to talk few times, taken 5th, not in mood now to negotiate at 11th hour.

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