MLB is considering a lifetime ban for Alex Rodriguez

alex-rodriguezThe entire saga with Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees, MLB, and Biogenesis is coming to a head this week. The big bombshell is that MLB is prepared to ban A-Rod from the game is he does not reach a settlement on terms of a suspension, according to HardballTalk and Bob Nightengale. No announcement is expected until Thursday or Friday.

Here’s an excerpt from the USA Today:

In banning Rodriguez for life Selig could invoke Article XII (B) of the CBA, which states:

“Players may be disciplined for just cause for conduct that is materially detrimental or materially prejudicial to the best interests of baseball, including, but not limited to, engaging in conduct in violation of federal, state or local law.”

The thing that makes this steroid case different from others, the reason why MLB has been so aggressive with jumping past the 50-game suspension, is because the MLB Player’s Union has been quiet when in the past they would fight hard against any actions taken against one of its players.

Deadspin interviewed Gene Orza, the former head of the MLBPA, who explained the reason they are likely staying quiet in this situation:

“The Players Association is a historically aggressive defender of its members. This is not like them. My answer is that it’s not like them for a reason,” he said. “There’s something else going on here. It wouldn’t surprise me if there were lots and lots of hard evidence. The very fact that the Players Association is not criticizing Major League Baseball for dealing with this rather unseemly character tells me that there’s a reason they’re not doing it.”

A-Rod and his lawyers are prepared to appeal any suspension. It seems like MLB is simply threatening a lifetime ban as a negotiating ploy to get A-Rod to accept a lesser suspension. This way it could avoid a lengthy appeals process that would certainly be drawn out for the rest of this season and potentially part of next as well.

There are a lot of different opinions of how this would play out if MLB tries to go through with its threat of a lifetime ban. With the evidence MLB seemingly has, which includes the use of PED’s, advising other players on how to obtain PED’s, and attempts to destroy evidence from the Biogenesis clinic, it seems likely that any suspension he does get will be a lengthy one.

Of course, if A-Rod is suspended this year it is a big blow to the 2013 Yankees playoff chances. They have gotten absolutely no production from their third basemen this year and A-Rod wouldn’t even have to be near the elite player he once was to be a big improvement for them.

If A-Rod is suspended it would save the Yankees a lot on the luxury tax which would be huge as they attempt to lower payroll to $189 million next season. For instance, if he were to be suspended for the entire 2014 season, the Yankees would save $25 million next season along.

If somehow A-Rod were suspended for the rest of his career then the Yankees would be off the hook for the remainder of his contract. That would mean, with insurance covering most of this season, they would only have paid him roughly $156.6 million over five years. Considering the fact that they got a World Series and a .282/.370/.503 line out of him during those five years that makes what was a horrible contract seem pretty good.

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14 Responses to MLB is considering a lifetime ban for Alex Rodriguez

  1. Gil says:

    ARoid and AFraud are apropo!

  2. Tanned Tom says:

    If he's suspended for 2013 and 2014 there should be no way he comes back ever. Everyday players don't take 18 months off and come back at this age.

    • I wouldn't say no chance. There is a lot of money at stake here. Everyday players don't usually take 18 months off and then have $67 million waiting for them (which is what A-Rod would have left in 15, 16, and 17). Obviously, you are right, it would be unlikely tho.

      • Tanned Tom says:

        This is the best thing that could happen to MLB and to the NYY:
        1) MLB finally gets really tough on cheaters and cleans up it's act
        2) The club will be able to get under $189 mil for 2014 and keep or add good players.
        3) The club cleans up it's image. I've always felt it hurt the club to have this scumbag muddying it's image. I want my club to be Jeter and Rivera – great athletes, class acts who play the game the right way.
        4) Opens up 3B for Jeter to make the natural transition that old SSs make when they lose range.

      • hotdog says:

        he has a contract that pays him for 15, 16 and 17…he's getting paid…the only thing I can see is that the Yankees and Arod come to a settlement…i don't know how that would happen and if it involves the players union who might frown on it but what do you do with a lame Arod for 3 years…

  3. lazlosother says:

    If he's out for '14, does his contract not figure into the luxury tax at all that year, or does the AAV get adjusted down to reflect what's left of the contract?

  4. tom says:

    If MLB suspends Arod under CBA then he can't play MLB until he wins the lawsuit. Is that right?

  5. hotdog says:

    i'd like to see the Yankees settle with Arod and let him go…does this mean that in 2015 we get round 2 of this debacle…

  6. Michael R says:

    The scenario that renders him gone is the one I'm for.

  7. tom says:

    Arod works on the retiring settlement with Yankees? Better than nothing I suppose.

  8. hotdog says:

    I'm getting a little tired of seeing Nunez get playing time…defensively challenged .220 hitter…

  9. Craig Benoit says:

    There are a lot of opinions regarding the appropriate penalty for Alex Rodriguez. Some "experts" , like Ian O'connor, suggest a shorter, more compromising suspension. In dealing with a player who consistently flouts his employer's rules, as well as lying, back-pedaling, disrespecting his team and making unfounded illogical accusations against the league and his team, there really should be no compromise. Many players have openly stated that there should be lifetime bans in regards to PED use, and if all of the leaked reports of other misconduct, such as interfering with the investigation and recruiting other players to join in acquiring illegal substances, then a lifetime ban does not seem unfair. If, and it seems likely, he is penalized with anything less than a lifetime ban, he will have gotten off lightly. Aside from the investigation, the Yankees organization would be well served by punishing him for his continued infractions against the team. Unauthorized public statements regarding his physical ability to play, public accusations of distrust and conspiracy against the Yankees, obtaining outside, unauthorized medical evaluations and a general lack of professional conduct warrant some sort of penalty be imposed. This player has historically behaved as if above the rules and regulations set forth for all to follow, and continues to do so even more of late. I believe everyone, MLB, MLBPA, players, fans and the Yankees are fed up with the attitude and antics of this poor example of a professional sports figure, and all would benefit from the door being closed on his blackened chapter of the game.

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