Alex Rodriguez's name has been linked to the current Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal, but the Yankees third baseman has no intention of negotiating a settlement with Major League Baseball and accepting a suspension, according to a report from USA Today.
Rodriguez is reportedly facing the possibility of a lifetime ban, according to a report from CBS News. Sources close to Rodriguez told USA Today that not only does Rodriguez have no intention of cutting a deal, but he would also appeal any suspension. Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun reached a deal with MLB and accepted a 65-game suspension on Monday.
MLB reportedly has more evidence tying Rodriguez to the Biogenesis clinic than it did Braun and is prepared to suspend Rodriguez for at least 100 games according to USA Today. According to the report, MLB investigators disclosed evidence that Rogriguez purchased and was administered PEDs from the clinic, during a meeting with the third baseman and his lawyers earlier this month. Alleged lies about previous PED use and possible interference in the MLB investigation could also factor into the suspension.
Rodriguez, who has not played in a Major League game this season due to a hip injury, previously admitted to using steroids from 2001-03. The 37-year-old has slightly less than $100 million remaining on his contract. A 100-game suspension would cost him more than $20 million.