Alex Rodriguez may not play baseball again until 2015.
Major League Baseball is set to drop the bomb on players involved in the Biogenesis scandal this week and the New York Yankees third baseman may receive a suspension that covers the rest of this season and all of 2014, according to the New York Post.
Punishment will be announced for all of the 15-plus players involved in the performance-enhancing drug case at once. Ryan Braun’s suspension – the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder is gone for the season – was announced early because he was willing to accept the penalty without appeal.
The league wants to get suspensions out of the way before teams have fewer than 50 games remaining this season. The penalty for first-time offenders who fail a PED test is 50 games. It appears MLB will offer first-time offenders in the Biogenesis case the same deal if they don’t appeal, even though the evidence against players came from an investigation rather than blood or urine samples.
Despite the fact Rodriguez has never been disciplined for drug use, MLB will not put him in the above category. A combination of being a user and obstructing with the Biogenesis case – on top of admitted steroid use from 2001-03 after lying about it – means he will receive a stiffer penalty.
The suspension could mean the end of A-Rod’s playing days. The 38-year-old has yet to play this season as he recovers from hip surgery and would be 40-turning-41 when the 2015 season starts. He has about $97 million left on a 10-year, $275-million contract he signed in 2007.