Alex Rodriguez says he will leave for Chicago to rejoin the New York Yankees tomorrow, when Major League Baseball may suspend the third baseman through 2014 for his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs, ESPN reported.
Rodriguez, who walked four times and scored on Jose Pirela’s home run during his final rehabilitation game yesterday with the Double-A Trenton Thunder, said he would work out today before going to Chicago.
His plans followed efforts by Rodriguez and the players’ union to reach an agreement with Major League Baseball to reduce the anticipated 214-game suspension, the New York Daily News reported, citing an unidentified person in baseball familiar with the case. The Yankees management also refused to discuss a financial settlement on his contract, baseball’s richest at 10 years and $275 million, the newspaper said.
The league offered to drop a lifetime ban if Rodriguez allowed the arbitrator to charge him with more than a 50-game suspension, ESPN said, citing a person representing Rodriguez.
Rodriguez rejected that offer, noting that the Joint Drug agreement provides for only a 50-game suspension for use of performance-enhancing drugs, ESPN said.
If Rodriguez is declared ineligible to play during an appeal of his disciplinary action, he stands to lose $34.2 million in salary, the sports network said.
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