The Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, aka A-Rod, is said to be trying to make a deal with Major League Baseball that could prevent a lifetime ban for using performance enhancing drugs, sources have told ESPN and CBS in New York City.
The suspension of former National League most valuable player Ryan Braun for the rest of the season has sent shockwaves through the league. The names of Braun and Rodriguez are linked along with more than a dozen other players to the investigation of closed Miami clinic Biogenesis which is suspected in the performance enhancing drugs trade, ESPN New York reported
"My understanding is (Rodriguez) is trying to make a deal," a source told ESPN New York. The network said the evidence against Rodriguez in connection with Biogenesis is "far beyond" what the league had against Braun, who is the Milwaukee Brewer's top player.
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The league said in a news release Monday that Braun was suspended for "violations of the Basic Agreement and its Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program."
ESPN New York reported that a source familiar with the discussions told T.J. Quinn of ESPN's "Outside The Lines" that Major League Baseball plans to announce the remaining suspensions stemming from the Biogenesis investigation all at once.
CBS New York reported that CSB Evening News' Jim Axelrod was told by source that a lifetime ban against Rodriguez is on the table. He has admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs while with the Texas Rangers from 2001-03, CBS New York reported
Rodriguez, who has been rehabbing from an injury all season, has been playing in the minors in preparation of his return to the New York Yankees.
At least one teammate, Mariano Rivera, told ESPN New York he still supports Rodriguez and wants to see how the Biogenesis investigation plays out.
"I can't say anything because I don't know what happened with Alex," Rivera told ESPN. "I have to support him. He's my teammate. He's my brother. I'm not saying he did or didn't do it, but if it happens, I can't throw him in the street. He's still my brother."
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Yankees captain Derek Jeter, though, declined comment on Rodriguez, according to ESPN.
"This caught me off guard, so I don't want to comment too much about it until I know a little bit more, but just the fact that we're talking about it, it's not good," Jeter told ESPN.
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