MLB notes: A-Rod to fight any suspension: Report

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez waits on deck during a rehab game in Tampa, July 13,...

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez waits on deck during a rehab game in Tampa, July 13, 2013. (MIKE CARLSON/Reuters)

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Alex Rodriguez plans to appeal any suspension or banishment from the game after a report surfaced saying he was offered a plea deal from Major League Baseball.

"We are focused on an appeal," David Cornwell, Rodriguez's lawyer, told ESPN radio in New York.

Rodriguez is among many players reportedly implicated in a performance-enhancing drug scheme involving former Florida health clinic Biogenesis.

Rodriguez did not speak to reporters in Tampa Monday and is awaiting word on where he would start a rehab assignment on Thursday following off-season hip surgery and a quad injury.

"Alex's primary focus right now is playing baseball," Cornwell said. "It has been nearly a year since he played. He has gone through his operation. There is no amount of rehab games or simulated games that is going to give him the feel of a live blitz at a major league baseball level. That is where Alex's primary focus is right now."

The New York Daily News also reported Rodriguez is being asked to sit out the rest of this season and next, or be banned for life and lose $100 million.

The deal would give the 38-year-old a chance to continue his career and cash in on the $60 million he's owed from 2015 to 2017.

Like Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun before him, Rodriguez's disciplinary action is expected to be announced before more than a dozen players involved in the performance-enhancing drug case receive theirs, according to the Daily News.

ORTIZ CLEARED AFTER PHONE RAGE

David Ortiz looks to have escaped a suspension from MLB after smashing dugout phones in a fit of rage Saturday night in Balitmore.

But the league is still reviewing the incident and could impose a fine on the Boston Red Sox designated hitter, according to the Boston Globe.

The slugger was incensed at home plate umpire Tim Timmons after striking out in the seventh inning. After entering the dugout, he began to smash the phones while teammate Dustin Pedroia ducked from the debris.

Timmons then ejected Ortiz from the game, and the DH had to be restrained by manager John Farrell.

MARINERS DEMOTE BAY

The Seattle Mariners have decided to part ways with Canadian outfielder Jason Bay.

The 34-year-old native of Trail, B.C., was designated for assignment after the Mariners activated outfielder Michael Morse from the 15-day disabled list. The team now has 10 days to trade, release, or outright Bay's contract to the minors.

Bay has struggled in limited time with the Mariners, batting .204 with 11 home runs and 20 RBI in 68 games.

After three injury-riddled seasons with the New York Mets, the Mariners signed Bay as a bench player in the offseason.

TIGERS ADD TO 'PEN

The Detroit Tigers bulked up their bullpen, acquiring closer Jose Veras from the Houston Astros for outfield prospect Danry Vasquez and a player to be named later.

"We are pleased to add an experienced arm to our bullpen," Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said in a news release. "Jose can pitch in a variety of roles, provides depth in the bullpen and complements the roles of Joaquin Benoit and Drew Smyly."

It appears Benoit's role as team closer is safe for the time being.

Veras earned 19 saves in 22 opportunities while going 0-4 with a 2.93 ERA in 42 games this season for the lowly Astros.


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