AP Source: MLB may suspend A-Rod under labor deal

RONALD BLUM,AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball may try to suspend Alex Rodriguez under its collective bargaining agreement instead of its drug rules, The Associated Press has learned.

Why does that matter? Because if MLB goes ahead with the suspension under the labor deal, it means the Yankees slugger would lose virtually any chance of delaying the penalty while he appeals the case.

Rodriguez has never been disciplined for a drug offense, and a first offender under baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement is entitled to an automatic stay if the players’ union files a grievance. That means the penalty is put on hold until after an arbitrator rules.

But a person familiar with management’s deliberations told the AP that MLB could skirt that problem by punishing Rodriguez for other alleged violations. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because no statements were authorized.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Attorney: Rodriguez To Appeal Any Biogenesis Suspension

(New York, NY) — New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is planning to fight any Biogenesis-related suspension he receives. His lawyer told ESPN New York’s 98.7 FM that their focus in on an appeal and that “A-Rod” wants to play in the majors again. The 38-year-old former MVP is rehabbing a quad injury in Tampa and is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment later this week.

The “Daily News” reported that Major League Baseball would suspend Rodriguez through the 2014 season if he doesn’t fight the decision, otherwise it would pursue a lifetime ban. “A-Rod” is one of about 20 players that have reportedly been linked to the Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs. Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has already been suspended for the rest of this season.

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