Banishment for life has been rumored to be an option that Major League Baseball would use against Alex Rodriguez. According to USA Today, commissioner Bud Selig is ready to go that route and levy the lifetime suspension against the Yankees third baseman and the biggest name linked to the Biogenesis scandal.
MLB prepared to ban A-Rod for life as clock ticks down. http://t.co/BllQd4Bc2S— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 31, 2013
The lifetime ban, something that hasn't been used since Pete Rose was subjected to it for gambling in 1989, will come down this week against A-Rod, two people with knowledge of the negotiations told USA Today.
Meanwhile, a source told ESPN that A-Rod's representatives were negotiating a deal that could result in a lengthy suspension but not a lifetime ban.
Sources told ESPN that MLB officials have pushed for a lifetime ban, saying they would rather force Rodriguez to defend himself than agree to a suspension that allows him play while he appeals. ESPN said Rodriguez was presented with MLB's evidence in recent days, detailing what sources told the network were "volumes" of documents establishing a connection between Rodriguez and Biogenesis clinic founder Tony Bosch.
Major League Players Association officials were informed on Tuesday about the suspensions. Rodriguez, who hasn't played all season and is scheduled to continue a minor league rehabilitation assignment this week, is expected to appeal the suspension. The suspended players other than Rodriguez will decide whether they will file an appeal or accept the penalties, which would likely end their regular seasons.
Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers, a former National League MVP linked to the Biogenesis lab, agreed to a 65-game suspension last week.
More from the USA Today report:
Commissioner Bud Selig is prepared to levy a lifetime suspension on New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, while suspending about eight others before the weekend, two people with knowledge of the negotiations told USA TODAY Sports.
The people were unauthorized to speak publicly because no announcement is expected until Thursday or Friday.
Rodriguez, according to his attorney, David Cornwell, will appeal any suspension, regardless of the severity. The other players are expected to receive 50-game bans, and most are considering accepting the discipline without appealing, according to one of the people.
As many as 20 players were originally linked to Biogenesis, a Miami clinic that allegedly provided performance-enhancing drugs, but some players could not be disciplined for lack of evidence.
Besides Rodriguez, All-Stars Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers and Jhonny Peralta of the Detroit Tigers are facing possible suspensions, along with shortstop Everth Cabrera of the San Diego Padres.
Rodriguez, who used performance-enhancing drugs from 2010-2012, according to Biogenesis documents, has never been punished for doping. Players who violate the drug policy are subject to a 50-game suspension.